Jesus of Montreal is a 1989 French Canadian film about an actor, Daniel, hired to modernize a passion play. He teams up with an actress turned single mother named Constance, and together they round up a small group of players. Although the play turns out to be a hit, it's shut down by the church for being too controversial, and in the eyes of the church, blasphemous.
It was produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
This show provides examples of:
- Christianity Is Catholic: Justified; it's the Catholic Church that hires Daniel and the others to put the play on. However, later in the film, it's subverted, as the Passion Play they put on is deemed too controversial by the church.
- Creator Cameo: Director/writer Denys Arcand plays the judge at Daniel's hearing.
- Crucified Hero Shot: Multiple ones, actually.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: There are quite a few parallels drawn between the Gospels and Daniel's life.
- Fatal Method Acting: In-universe.
- Hippie Jesus
- Meaningful Name: Daniel Coulombe. "Daniel" was a Hebrew prophet, and "Coulombe" comes from the Latin "columbus" meaning "dove".
- Messianic Archetype
- Passion Play: The characters both perform a passion play and live one out.
- Shout-Out to Shakespeare: Rene at one point during the Passion Play quotes from Hamlet's famous monologue from Act III, scene 1 ("To die, to sleep, to sleep! perchance to dream").
- True Blue Femininity: Both Constance and Mireille wear blue for a good portion of the film. The association with the Virgin Mary was undoubtedly intentional.