The Son of Joseph

NR, 115 minutes

The American-born expatriate filmmaker Eugène Green exists in his own special artistic orbit – his films share a formal rigor and an increasingly refined modulation between the playfully comic, the urgently human, and the transcendent, and they are as exquisitely balanced as the baroque music and architecture that he cherishes. His latest movie is perhaps his most buoyant. A nativity story reboot, it features newcomer Victor Ezenfis as a discontented Parisian teenager in search of a father, Mathieu Amalric and Fabrizio Rongione as his alternative paternal options, and Natacha Régnier as his single mother. (2017, Eugène Green, France, 95 min, NR, DCP, English subtitles)

” … transforms from a lark into a revelation in its final scenes, which are piercing, absurd and pretty close to miraculous.” -Los Angeles Times

“In Green’s world, every moment is an unsolvable mystery that requires debate.” -Indiewire

“I didn’t see this coming: THE SON OF JOSEPH, writer/director Eugène Green’s stylized, deadpan satire, turns out to be a non-ironic Christian allegory about love and resistance. While it’s rather unclassifiable, I laughed much harder here than at many so-called comedies. Straightaway, it establishes a dialogue between present and past: cars whiz by in today’s Paris against sacred Baroque music.” -Cine-File Chicago

“The movie’s spare, sharp dialogue offers some sublime and original theological reflections and revisitations of Old and New Testament themes that are more than asides—they’re the characters’ own guideposts for action. Yet the movie’s vast thematic scope and its high moral purpose are joined to a cinematic vision that’s also mightily, incisively comedic.” -The New Yorker

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