|La vie de Jésus|
A poster with the film's English title: The Life of Jesus
|Directed by||Bruno Dumont|
|Running time||96 minutes|
Freddy: unemployed, with learning difficulties and epilepsy, drives around on a motorbike and experiences his first sexual encounters in the rather depressing fields of the countryside of northern France. When the handsome immigrant Kader flirts with Freddy's beloved cashier Marie, Freddy plans to take revenge.
ControversyDumont included extreme close-ups of penetration in The Life of Jesus to emphasize the animal nature of the sex act, which takes place outdoors in a field. In order to keep a natural feel and astmosphere, the director deliberately used non-professional actors. Freddy and the other boys' sexual assault on a slightly overweight girl, also made for uncomfortable viewing. Dumont seemed to portray general pack behaviour as predatory, territorial and base, particularly among the younger males - with the elders of the village acting as a communal control but only as a last resort. The deeper meaning and social commentary of the film has been deflected by focussing on a handful of graphic sexual scenes, sadly. Dumont's main aim was to maintain a gritty sense of realism, about both the subject matter and questioning the social fabric in a modern context.
- La vie de Jésus - Director-approved Masters of Cinema Series edition - Released in the UK 21 July 2008
- Erickson, Steve (29 November 2000). "Mysteries of Love". Minneapolis City Pages. Retrieved 4 December 2009.