La Vie De Jésus

La Vie De Jésus


La vie de Jésus presents life’s brutality and exhilaration played out by turns within the quarters of a tiny Flemish country town. Here, positioned in relative isolation from the rest of so-called cultural Europe, the connections between individuals will take on a physical power inflected by boredom, by desperation, and by urges as raw as the earth.

Freddy and Marie (David Douche and Marjorie Cottreel) are two teenagers with their futures uncertain and their present undefined. They ride motorbikes, they have sex – communication like any other sort. But in their hometown of Bailleul in Flanders, where news from the world at large disappears just as quickly as it drifts in, death proves to be inescapable, and decidedly permanent. As the film’s powerful climax unfolds, the viewer will come away with his or her own interpretation of how the life of Christ has figured into the story of Freddy and Marie – a contemplation on the magnitude of mercy.

Technical Specs

Director: Bruno Dumont
Year: 1997
Duration: 96 min
Alternate Title: Life of Jesus