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In 1429, a 16-year-old girl from a remote
village stood before the world and announced she would defeat
the world's greatest army and liberate her country. It began as
a small voice in the heart of a simple girl... but as the voice
grew stronger, rulers were drawn to listen, armies were empowered
to fight and her countrymen were inspired to believe.
Drama - An epic re-telling of the story of Joan of Arc, this film introduces
an interesting point-of-view, but suffers from an uneven pace and
being long. Will appeal most strongly to those who are history
buffs; mainstream viewers will not be overly impressed.
PROFANITY: Surprisingly high, considering it's a period piece. SEX/NUDITY: No nudity, but there is an instance of necrophelia. VIOLENCE: Several violent battle scenes, and an instance of rape/necrophelia. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Social drinking, mainly in the background. ACTION: There is a great deal of action during the battle sequences. COMEDY: Infrequent humor.
Not since the 1920s (in the years following her canonization) has there been this much interest in Joan of Arc. Director Luc Besson's The Messenger is the most lavish and expensive telling of the story to date, but, because of several key problems, it will not be regarded as the definitive cinematic biography. In the first place, actress Milla Jovovich can't handle the title role, which is unfortunate, because Besson's innovative approach to the legend is enough to warrant attention. In fact, even with such an unimpressive lead performance, there are times when The Messenger shows glimpses of greatness, and reminds viewers of what it could have been. Ultimately, however, the final product comes across as more of a second-rate Braveheart than a moving and complex study of one of the millennium's most intriguing and tragic stories.
Mystic, maiden, martyr—whatever you choose to call her, it is difficult to dispute that Joan of Arc led a remarkably accomplished life for a peasant girl who never went to school... and never saw
At 17, she delivered an extraordinary message to her Dauphin and, two months later, led her army to victory over the English at Orleans. At 18, she was captured and sold to her most hated enemies. At 19, she was declared a witch and burned at the stake.
Twenty-five years later, she was pronounced innocent. In 1920, she was canonized a saint, cemented into icon status, assured to be a subject of passionate debate forever.
It all began in 1429, when a teenage girl from a remote village in France stood before the world and announced she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country. As this small voice in the heart of a simple girl grew stronger, rulers were drawn to listen, armies were empowered to fight and her countrymen were inspired to believe.