The Life of Jesus 1997
A compelling drama with sophisticated commentary interwoven beneath the surface, La vie de Jesus (The Life of Jesus) explores a group of troubled youth living out their lives in France. As the story progresses, the darkness within these characters is explored: evil which is beneath the surface.

Nothing much happens in the small northern French town of Bailleul, but as the sun broils the Flanders countryside the inarticulate, pent-up rage of one local boy is about to explode. Twenty-year-old Freddy (David Douche) lives with his mother Yvette, who runs the Au Petit Casino cafe. He's in love with the attractive Marie (Marjorie Cottreel), a cashier at the local supermarket, and the two spend their time together either in bed or just standing against each other in the otherwise deserted street. Freddy's epileptic and self-conscious about it, but dutifully goes for treatment when he isn't racing souped-up mopeds with his equally bored buddies. But one day Kader, the son of Arab immigrants, starts talking to Marie, and Freddy's frustrations with life find a sudden focus.

Director: Bruno Dumont
Cast: David Douche, Marjorie Cottreel, Kader Chaatouf
Country: France
Genre: Drama, Romance


BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:36:34 | 45 Gb + 3% rec
Language: French
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Bruno Dumont (HD, 15:46) is interviewed in a piece conducted with the Criterion Collection in 2019. The interview features the acclaimed filmmaker as he discusses his approach to storytelling. Dumont expresses his own perspective with fascinating insights. He discusses the way in which the film is an exploration of struggles between good and evil and the demons he wants viewers to confront within themselves.

Le Cercle De Minuit (SD, 26:18) is a roundtable interview which features director Bruno Dumont as he delves into his artistic pursuits with La vie de Jesus and what he wanted audiences to take away from the viewing experience. Featuring two separate interviews taken from the television series Le Cercle De Minuit, host Laure Adler leads the interviews with sophistication.
In addition to views from the director, members of the cast participate in the discussion. The first segment included in this supplemental feature originally aired on May 14, 1997. The second segment was originally broadcast on June 3rd 1997. Each of the two interviews offers viewers an expanded glimpse into the mind of the filmmaker, the cast, and the importance of the film.

Philippe Rouyer (HD, 39:16) is a sit-down discussion between La vie de Jesus director Dumont and film critic Rouyer. The duo discuss Dumont's process in making cinematic art. There are rewarding insights to be found with this engaging featurette. The lengthy piece offers fans of the filmmaker more great details about the process used in making the film and any viewer impressed with La vie de Jesus should consider it to be a must-see discussion.

Theatrical Trailer (HD, 1:43)

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