15th-century heroine Jeanne d'Arc's story is often adapted, but never quite so eccentrically and experimentally as by Bruno Dumont. In Jeannette, Dumont already showed her youth and her heavenly calling. This sequel, again inspired by the work of Catholic poet Charles Péguy, focuses on the end of her life. After leading a French army to victory during the Hundred Years' War, she is tried for heresy.

Dumont's minimalist story doesn't revolve around historical facts, but provides access to Jeanne's mind. The French national heroine, who was 19 when she was burnt at the stake, is played by 12-year-old Lise Leplat Prudhomme, the younger of the two actresses who played the title role in Jeannette. This ups the contrast between Jeanne d'Arc's child-like innocence and the strictness of the group of old men judging her.

International title
Joan of Arc
Filmmaker
Bruno Dumont
Country
France
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
138’
Language
French
Producer
Jean Bréhat, Rachid Bouchareb, Muriel Merlin
Production Company
3B Productions
Sales
Luxbox
Writer
Bruno Dumont
Cinematography
David Chambille
Editor
Bruno Dumont, Basile Belkhiri
Sound Design
Philippe Lecoeur
Music
Christophe
Cast
Lise Leplat Prudhomme, Jean-François Causeret, Daniel Dienne, Fabien Fenet, Fabrice Luchini, Robert Hanicotte, Yves Habert