Jesus of Montreal

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The film entitled Jesus of Montreal is about a group of actors based in Montreal with Daniel as their leader. Daniel and the group of actors are being paid by the Roman Catholic Chapel to present a Passion play. The idea of the film came about when one of the actors in a previous film came to him and apologized for coming to the audition with a beard. The actor told him the reason for his beard was because at the time, he was also starring as Jesus in a passion play at St Joseph’s Chapel. The director was then moved to go and watch the play and after watching it, he was not satisfied with so many things. He did not like the way the play was produced, he considered it too ordinary and was then motivated to make a film with the same idea.

Not long after, Daniel and his team start working hard to develop the film with support from the director. However the film starts raising concerns to the religious authorities especially as a result of the interpretations of the actual biblical story. For instance, they portrayed the life of Jesus in an unorthodox manner such as saying that Jesus had a biological father on earth who was a Roman soldier. Also included in the film are assumptions drawn from science and research which makes the film not conversant with the biblical truths. As a result, the religious authorities decide to ban the film.

Not long after, Daniel is involved in an accident. An ambulance takes him to a Catholic Hospital but when they get there nobody attends to him. He decides to leave but faints on the way and is picked up and taken by the same ambulance to a Jewish Hospital. The doctors reveal they would have been able to save him if he came in a few minutes earlier and declare Daniel brain dead.

| 1989 | 1 hr 58 min | 7.5/10
Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Rémy Girard
Denys Arcand
Produced By
Monique Ltourneau
Jesus of Montreal
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