Joan of Arc


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

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Credits

Cast
Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, Pascal Greggory
Director
Luc Besson
ScreenplayLuc Besson, Andrew Birkin
MusicEric Serra
CinematographyThierry Arbogast
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SA distributor Ster-Kinekor Pictures
Made in1999
Produced byLeeloo Productions, Gaumont

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Movies for Africa
Ian Douglas
14
Cape Argus
Owen Williams
15
Cape Argus
Adrian Monteath
10
The Cape Times
Wilhelm Snyman
10
The Star
Janine Walker
15
Die Burger
Herman Wasserman
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
Rapport
Barrie Hough
8
Beeld
Marius Jooste
20
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
14
SAfm Saturday Wired
Alan Swerdlow
6
Bos Life
Jean-Pierre Pellissier
16
eye Weekly
Alex Patterson
1
Box Office
Annlee Ellingson
5
Rough Cut
Matt Kelsey
16
Total Film
Dan Jolin
10
Film Review
John Binns
10
Uncut
Nick Johnstone
15

What the People say

Internet
1400 Netizens
14

Average .. 59%

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Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Andre Swanepoel 14
Genevieve Beaufort 4
Nancy Veenhuis 14

Average .. 53%

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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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