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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 05.13.11] France movie news drama history

Over the years, there have been numerous interpretations of the legend of Joan of Arc. Two of my favourites are Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc and at the other end of the scope, Luc Besson's over the top The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc which presents the young woman as a warrior (a version I enjoy though it is by far the most bombastic of the bunch).

It's been a few years since we've seen a new interpretation and this time, it's coming to us care of the French with Clémence Poésy in the lead role. The Silence of Joan (Jeanne Captive) takes place in 1403 with Joan a captive of a powerful French lord who sells her off to the English. The synopsis continues to read:

Between the walls that imprison her and the stake at which she will perish, men attempt to approach this young woman who embodies the infinite.

I love period dramas, especially tales of women standing up to the man so this is right up my alley. It will also be curious to see Poésy's performance; the only thing I've seen her in were a few episodes of a popular teen TV drama and she caught my attention so I'm excited to see if she can pull this off. The supporting cast is nothing to scoff at either with Thierry Frémont, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Jean-François Stévenin, Liam Cunningham and the great Mathieu Amalric. Definitely shows promise.

Trailer after the break.

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