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Jesus de Montreal

Alternative title
Jesus of Montreal
Synopsis
Feature film. A group of actors puts on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors’ lives begin to mirror the Passion itself. René (Robert Lepage) is an idiosyncratic actor who longs to perform the Hamlet soliloquy ‘to be or not to be’ and insists the soliloquy be included as his condition for taking part in the Passion Play. He speaks, in French, III i 63-81 after the crucifixion and before the resurrection of Jesus.
Language
French (Canada)
Country
Canada; France
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1989
Duration
118 mins

Credits

Director
Denys Arcand
Producer
Monique Letourneau; Pierre Gendron; Robert Frappier
Cinematographer
Guy Dufaux
Screenplay
Denys Arcand
Production Design
François Séguin
Art Direction
François Séguin
Cast
Catherine WilkeningMireille
Daniel ColombeLothaire Bluteau
Johanne-Marie TremblayConstance
Rémy GirardMartin
Robert LepageRené

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
English subtitles.
Awards
The film won the Jury Prize at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. It was nominated for the 1989 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Production Company

Name

Gerard Mitel Productions

Name

Max Films Productions

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.com

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