LE TOUT NOUVEAU TESTAMENT
Belgium, France, Luxembourg | 2015 | Jaco Van Dormael
God exists, but He is a jerk. Or so Toto the Hero and Mr. Nobody director Jaco Van Dormael has it in his outrageous, religiously incorrect new fantasy, one of the most acclaimed films of the past two years. (It won Magritte Awards, Belgium’s Oscars, for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay.) The movie imagines a God who lives in a Belgian high-rise and never gets out of his robe and pajamas. He delights in tormenting not only humanity but also His beleaguered wife and young daughter. When the child revolts, hacking into His computer and leaking the death date for every person on earth, her Father is not forgiving, and goes after her and her motley band of “apostles.” With Catherine Deneuve. “Irresistibly laugh-out-loud and feel-good.” –The Hollywood Reporter. “For sheer inventiveness of story, language, visuals and theme, The Brand New Testament is, quite nearly, a divine comedy.” –The Washington Post. Subtitles. DCP. 114 min.
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