Telling and retelling the story of Jesus

Catherine Wilkening and Lothaire Bluteau as Mireille and Daniel in Jesus De Montreal

Jesus of Montreal (Denys Arcand: 1989) is a favorite Jesus/Christ-figure film. The film tells the story of Jesus and is at the same time a retelling of that story.

“The way in which Jesus recruits the rest of the cast is strongly modelled on Jesus recruiting his disciples in Galilee and of course they come from a range of questionable backgrounds and filled with scepticism and reluctance. As the story of the production and staging of the play develops, the characters begin to embody narrative elements of their characters in their own lives in modern-day Montreal.”

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