Joan of Arc – 1999 – English
History film directed in 1999 by Luc Besson, and starring Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, Pascal Greggory, Vincent Cassel, Tchéky Karyo, Richard Ridings, Desmond Harrington, Timothy West, Gina McKee, Toby Jones…
Synopsis: 1429. While the war between France and England (the Hundred Years War) appeared settled in 1420, in England’s favour, the death of King Henry V of England reignites it. England occupies large areas of France and appears set to take the whole of it. Into this moment of crisis rides legendary Joan of Arc, a teenage girl who claims to be lead by divine visions.
Review: Joan of Arc 1999 the legend which was described as saint, warrior, frantic, heretic etc. is brilliantly played by Milla Jovovich. This movie isn’t the typical hero stuff you would expect. It has many sides to think of and gives you space to make your own thoughts about the character Joan of Arc. And that is exactly what I liked the most about the movie. You can almost feel what this very young woman must have felt to be on the battlefield at this age, fighting for her vision, faith or whatever it was. Intoxicated by the battles and her mission to fight the war for god, for France.
Besides from that you will see a lot of battles. Great visuals and good to memorable acting.
Most people seem to get the movie wrong. They probably wanted a clean hero saga or some documentary movie, I don’t know. This movie is something different. Sometimes you have to read between the lines, make your own thoughts. But as I said, that’s what I like and that’s what I want from a good movie.