The Life of Jesus
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This French coming-of-age movie marked the debut of writer-director Bruno Dumont. The film bears a symbolic resemblance to the life of Jesus Christ, but it has no direct relationship with his life. The story is set in the small, economically stagnant town of Bailleul in northern France. Freddy (David Douche) is a 19-year-old epileptic whose mother runs a small restaurant. Freddy and his friends get unemployment benefits and ride motorbikes to kill time. They are bored and seething with unfocused resentments, which they often take out on local Arab immigrants. One immigrant, Kader (Kader… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A harrowing vision of volatile youth bored to death."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Nothing happens."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Only the most patient art-house audiences will appreciate Dumont's occasional cinematic grace which transcends the grim proceedings."
‑ Chris Grunden, Film Journal International
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