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Joan of Arc

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Another retelling of the tragic and bloody story of Joan, a girl in 15th century France who rallied the French to fight off the invading English.
Deeply religious, she believed she had received instructions from God to raise an army and lead it in warfare against the English, firstly to enable the coronation of the uncrowned King of France, and then to attempt to drive the English out of France. But powerful people feared her popularity and potential, and sought her downfall.

155 minutes, No persons under 16 (Violence)
Drama, War

Where's it showing?

Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, Pascal Greggory
Luc Besson
ScreenplayLuc Besson, Andrew Birkin
MusicEric Serra
CinematographyThierry Arbogast
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackNot available
Made in1999
Produced byLeeloo Productions, Gaumont

Official Site

Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas14
Cape ArgusOwen Williams15
Cape ArgusAdrian Monteath10
Cape TimesWilhelm Snyman10
The StarJanine Walker15
Die BurgerHerman Wasserman15
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge10
RapportBarrie Hough8
BeeldMarius Jooste20
TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge14
SAFM Saturday WiredAlan Swerdlow6
Bos LifeJean-Pierre Pellissier16
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Alex Patterson1
Box Office (USA)Annlee Ellingson5
Rough Cuth (USA)Matt Kelsey16
Total Film (UK)Dan Jolin10
Film Review (UK)John Binns10
Uncut (UK)Nick Johnstone15
IMDB1400 Netizens14
Average .. 59%12
Visitor Ratings
Andre Swanepoel 14
Genevieve Beaufort 4
Nancy Veenhuis 14
Average .. 53%11

Visitor Comments
Ian Douglas: Although long, I enjoyed this and did not think it as bad as the American critics. But then, I'm not a trained art critic. The film is very gory, so be warned. I thought it interesting how the script contrived to have Joan tried in different ways, by the courts and by her own conscience. Her story remains as a warning of the evil that powerful people (or the State) are capable of.

Abishekar Bisseru (17): I think the movie was very good with the actor from the 5th element, on the whole it was nice but a little too long.

Genevieve Beaufort (24): I liked the art direction of this movie, it wasn't just run of the mill battle scenes. But there were gross inaccuracies about Joan of Arc and her life, and I found Milla Jovovich to be far too two-dimensional.

Nancy Veenhuis (25): Wow!, It sure is more powerful that what you would read in the History books. Even though this movie did not apeal to me personally, I certainly can appreciate a lot of the content. The photography for the most part was extremly effective, very sweeping, extreme close-up panning shots which just adds to the mysticism. The last 45 mins or so is very intelligently portrayed by Mila, however, tends to leave the even-above-average-veiwer questioning who-is-who. It is gory and has a bit too much religious reference for my liking. But a good movie, very challenging role for Mila.

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