Joan of Arc
Bruno Dumont, 137 min
How did a teenage peasant girl amaze, galvanize, and terrify the Christian world in the early 1400’s? This is the central mystery of Bruno Dumont’s stridently un-Hollywood but sharply focused depiction. What does he focus on? Northern France’s coastal landscapes, incredible vistas, and towering Christian cathedrals. The faces, odd mannerisms, and period logic of the villagers, soldiers, and religious patriarchy. The indelible, shining performance of Lise Leplat Prudhomme as a girl who had a vision.