Cannes Film Review: Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc

Bruno Dumont

Cannes Film Review: Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc by Sam C. Mac

Bruno Dumont follows his oddball 2016 Cannes competition entry Slack Bay with the bold and more divisive rock opera Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc. And as with Slack Bay and 2014’s Li’l QuinquinJeanette’s provocations—sacred subject matter paired with pounding death-metal bass drums—add to its sense of humor. A sample scene: a sheep bleating off screen while an earnest hymnal is sung into the camera. Even the frequently out-of-tune singing and chintzy synthesizer soundtrack add to a sense of levity and play, a tone Dumont’s never pulled off as comfortably as he does here [ . . . . ] More at source: Cannes Film Review: Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc | The House Next Door | Slant Magazine

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