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Joan the Maiden, Part 1: The Battles

Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles

Directed by Jacques Rivette
France, 1994
History, Drama, Biography


Jeanne the Maid leaves her childhood home in Domremy after hearing what she is sure was the voice of God. She believes that she can help lead France to victory on the battlefield, and she persuades Charles, dauphin of France to allow her to guide his troops.

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Joan the Maiden, Part 1: The Battles Directed by Jacques Rivette
Trying to describe the profound effect of all this is akin to concretely clarifying the potency and the impact of Henry James’ prose. It can’t be done; you just know when you’re in it and when you’re with it.
August 01, 2019
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Joan’s sudden bursts of laughter, like the two sharply contrasting hemispheres of Sheryl Lee’s performance [in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me], both extremes of placidity and frailty, are always startlingly vivacious, even though Rivette reminds us time and again of her inexperience and proximity to an illiterate childhood.
December 13, 2016
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Cannon smoke turns the screen white for half a minute at the battle for the Fort des Tourelles, a brutal second of silence descends as an arrow sails into Joan’s shoulder. (A sublime corporeality informs Bonnaire’s portrayal — she cries with pain as pieces of armor are removed around the wound.)
January 02, 2010
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