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Revisited: "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc"

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Revisited: "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc"

Old 08-10-04, 07:05 PM
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Originally posted by Gyno Rhino
I thought that Joan as a raving lunatic (as I've always thought she was) fit well. Joan could have been three things (well, more than three, but these are the main three as I see it):

1) A girl who was/was not communicating with God, but regardless she fought for her religious beliefs and with conviction until the end.
2) A girl who was/was not insane, and was driven by an insatiable drive to win France for France.
3) A girl so maniacally evil that she used her countrymen's undoubting belief in God to fuel her own quest for glory.

This movie toggles all three repeatedly - I think it's a deeper movie than people give it credit for. Milla did a great job at portraying this version of Joan. Virtue, pride, insanity, nationalism all tangled into one mess.
This is exactly what I dig about the movie--it presents multiple possibilities for interpretation. I think a lot of it depends on what the individual viewer brings to the experience. An atheist viewer will interpret it differently than a religious viewer.

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