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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

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Luc Besson

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Plot Summary

The year is 1429. France is in political and religious turmoil as members of the royal family battle for rule. But one peasant girl from a remote village gave her country the miracle it was looking for. Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Dazed and Confused) is Joan of Arc, a young woman who would inspire and lead her countrymen until her execution at the age of nineteen. Raised in a religious family, Joan witnessed her sister's rape and death at the hands of an invading army. Years later, as the same war raged on, Joan stood before her king with a message she claimed came from God: give her an army, and in God's name she would reclaim his diminished kingdom. But was the message real, or the delusion of a girl whose life had been shattered? This startling epic drama by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) explores the life of Joan of Arc, her amazing victories, relationship with God, and tragic death. Co-starring John Malkovich and Academy Award® winners Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway, "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" is a modern take on a medieval saint who enthralls people even today.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 73
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 51
  • Average Rating: 4.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The lack of a plausible leading lady is enough to sink what is otherwise an eye-catching, although heavily '90s-style, telling of one of history's most frequently filmed stories. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Nothing less than a miracle saved France, The Messenger tells us, and nothing less than a miracle would be needed to rescue this film from itself. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Besson seems to have no sense that Joan herself was giving a performance. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Both visually spectacular and staggeringly awful. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

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Dustin Hoffman is awesome in this film.

This is an ART film. If you like foreign films and indies you'll probably like this movie. If not go watch High School Musical 8.

Jeanne d'Arc or la Pucelle

Although historically inacurate, it does break down some of the more important and often overlooked elements of St. Joan's personal life; from her redoubtable spiritual and religious beliefs to life as a brilliant military tactician. Born in Domremy in Champagne on January 6th 1412. Burned as a heretic by a secular court at Rouen on May 30, 1431. Beatified by final decree from Pope Pius X on April 11, 1909.

I love this movie

I have it in my collection since it came out in 2000.
The real life cruelty of what a hero actually is depicted by Joan D'arc character is fantastic. Especially since this is one of the few movies in which the hero has a complex personality disorder, which leads it to be portraied later on as a saint with a calling from GOD. As well as far as i kmow Luc Besson is the only director that aver had the nerve to portray a battle without a sense of winning, for there is none in killing other folks may they be your neighbours or not.
Great cast as well, extremely well played and directed. Authentic french humor, and a true medieval sense. All side characters in the movie exposing a simple peasant mindset and behavior, leaving the intricacy of the movie happening in the real place in between a few powerfull, frustrated, rulers lacking of any vision or courage to pursuit for their nations needs.

If history should be depicted, this is the way to di it. Not in some propagwndostic mumble jumble for "there is nothing decent in war"

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2000

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