The Life of Jesus


1h 36m 1997

Brief Synopsis

Freddy, barely 20 and an unemployed epileptic, lives with his mom, who runs a cafe in the small, sleepy town of Bailleul in Northern France. Freddy loves his girlfriend Marie and hangs out with his buddies aimlessly riding motor scooters. However, he faces a moment of strife when he sees Marie talking to the new guy in town, Kader, the young son of an Arab family. Freddy's listless life, fueled by jealousy and prejudice leads him to an act of violence, in which he kills Kader.

Film Details

Also Known As
La vie de Jésus, Life of Jesus, Vie de Jesus, La
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Centre National Du Cinema; Crrav; Ercidan Films; Procirep; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
FORLORBER; Fox Lorber Associates; Fox Lorber Home Video; Institute Of Contemporary Arts (ICA); Peripher Filmverleih

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

Synopsis

Freddy, barely 20 and an unemployed epileptic, lives with his mom, who runs a cafe in the small, sleepy town of Bailleul in Northern France. Freddy loves his girlfriend Marie and hangs out with his buddies aimlessly riding motor scooters. However, he faces a moment of strife when he sees Marie talking to the new guy in town, Kader, the young son of an Arab family. Freddy's listless life, fueled by jealousy and prejudice leads him to an act of violence, in which he kills Kader.

Film Details

Also Known As
La vie de Jésus, Life of Jesus, Vie de Jesus, La
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Centre National Du Cinema; Crrav; Ercidan Films; Procirep; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
FORLORBER; Fox Lorber Associates; Fox Lorber Home Video; Institute Of Contemporary Arts (ICA); Peripher Filmverleih

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 1997 Cesar Award for Best First Film.

Winner of Fassbinder Award for European Discovery of the Year (Bruno Dumont) at the 1997 European Film Awards.

Winner of the International Critics Prize at the 1997 Chicago Film Festival.

Winner of the Sutherland Trophy for best first feature at the 1997 London Film Festival.

Released in United States Spring May 15, 1998

Released in United States October 2, 1998

Released in United States on Video May 4, 1999

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States October 1997

Released in United States November 1997

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States March 1998

Released in United States July 1998

Released in United States October 1998

Shown at Filmfest DC in Washington, DC April 22 - May 3,

"The Life of Jesus" won France's Prix Jean Vigo at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1997.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 9-19, 1997.

Shown at London Film Festival November 6-23, 1997.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 28 - February 8, 1998.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 23 - May 7, 1998.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 21 - June 14, 1998.

Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival March 19-29, 1998.

Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 3-11, 1998.

Shown at Denver International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) October 8-15, 1998.

Feature directorial debut from Bruno Dumont.

Independant production company 3B Productions is co-run by Rachid Bouchareb who directed the 1996 Oscar-nominated "Dust of Life."

1998.

Released in United States Spring May 15, 1998

Released in United States October 2, 1998 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video May 4, 1999

Released in United States 1997 ("The Life of Jesus" won France's Prix Jean Vigo at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1997.)

Released in United States October 1997 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 9-19, 1997.)

Released in United States November 1997 (Shown at London Film Festival November 6-23, 1997.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Denver International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) October 8-15, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 28 - February 8, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival April 23 - May 7, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 21 - June 14, 1998.)

Released in United States March 1998 (Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival March 19-29, 1998.)

Released in United States July 1998 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 3-11, 1998.)