Cert: TBC Runtime: 115 mins Director: Bruno Dumont
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Bruno Dumont a Cannes regular returned this year with yet another bizarre project. A full blown musical about the childhood of Joan of Arc. Dumont returns to his avant-garde territory. Featuring a cast of non-professional actors. So what is it all about? France 1485, midst of the 100 Years War. Jeanette looks after sheep in her village. She can’t bear to hear about the pain the English are causing. Jeanette becomes inspired and is ready to take arms for the freedom of France. By the way it’s a musical! We all know I love musicals! But Jeantte can be a bit of a bore fest at some moments. It has very entertaining moments and flows well. It could have easily been a 90 minute film, but I doubt Dumont would ever cut this film. The setting in Northern France, as per a Dumont film is stunning. The natural light really adds a charm to the film. The cast of unknowns work to some elements but as we are spectating a musical it would have been nice to had some good singer. The lyrics were utterly crazy and the heavy-metal score really ups the insaness of the film. As refreshing of a watch it was at Cannes it wasn’t for me.