The Life of Jesus (1997)
aka La vie de Jésus
Genre: Drama
Country: France | Director: Bruno Dumont
Language: French | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 96mn
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A social movie about life nowadays in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed. They try to pass away the time by wandering around on their motorcycles and by directing their aggressive feelings towards Arabic immigrants. Freddy is in love with Marie, a cashier at a local supermarket. When she is proposed by Kader, an young Arab man, Freddy and his friends have an idea: they decide to punish Kader for what they call “such a provocation.” After they have raped another girl, Marie finally commits to Kader, which seals his fate.

Using body doubles, Dumont included extreme close-ups of penetration in The Life of Jesus to emphasize the animal nature of the sex act, sometimes taking place outdoors in a field. In order to keep a natural feel and atmosphere, the director deliberately used non-professional actors. Freddy and the other boys’ sexual assault on a girl, also made for uncomfortable viewing. Dumont seemed to portray general pack behaviour as predatory, territorial and base, particularly among the younger males – with the elders of the village acting as a communal control but only as a last resort. Dumont’s main aim was to maintain a gritty sense of realism, about both the subject matter and questioning the social fabric in a modern context.


The Life of Jesus (1997)