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No to The Messenger (Canada).

In this film Joan of Arc is presented as an emotionally disturbed fanatic. She has a neurotic need to go repeatedly to confession, which is the only focus of her external spirituality.

The opening scene portrays a laid-back 1990s chit-chat confession. The rape of her sister by English soldiers in the following scene is Hollywood fiction, not upheld in historical records. Again, 1990s profanity is sprinkled about to spice up the tasteless dish of cardboard characters and thin plot.

A sound track that is painfully over-wrought rides roughshod over our nerves, as does the banal psychological and religious content, at best, adolescent. The spiritual message ends up confused and bizarre, with undertones of the occult. Most of the movie is a noisy, violent, head-rolling bloodbath.

Just another potboiler slamming the Catholic faith. Stay home with a good book.
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Date:Dec 1, 1999
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