The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Movie Review Summary

Actors: Milla Jovovich, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, John Malkovich, Tchéky Karyo, Vincent Cassel, Pascal Greggory, Timothy West

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THE MESSENGER is a movie co-written and directed by the French director Luc Besson in 1999. Eight nominations for the French Academy awards, but the film won only two of them (Best Costume design and Best Sound).
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From her childhood, Joan, the illiterate daughter of a farmer, has visions of her future: she claims she has been chosen by God to chase the English army out of France and bring the dauphin of France into the cathedral of Reims for his crowning. At the age of 19, Joan persuades the future Charles the VIIth to let her lead his army against the English. Revered by her soldiers, Joan recaptures the city of Orleans.

After Charles's crowning, the entourage of the king prefers to negotiate with the English power rather than to choose an expensive confrontation. Joan goes on with her quest but with a small army and without the open support of King Charles. She will finally be taken prisoner by the English army in front of Compiègne, France and sent to the local religious authorities.

Joan's trial is first public but the judges decide soon to go on in private. The opinion of the judges can not be objective as the English allies, present in the city, wait impatiently for Joan to be sentenced to death.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Political Plotlets:    -   managing/preventing conflict with other nations War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Legal Thriller Plotlets:    -   military on trial

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   a teen Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   clairvoyant    -   can see into the future    -   super strength Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Prairie?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Misc setting    -   prison    -   fort/military installation    -   castle    -   church/synagogue

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex Kind of violence:    -   swords Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   rough sex    -   flamed    -   decapitated    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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