La Vie de Jean-Marie

La Vie de Jean-Marie

By Peter Van Houten


For six years, Peter van Houten filmed his protagonist Jean-Marie to show how this pastor - now in his seventies - maintains the church life of 25 villages deep in the French Pyrenees. Van Houten follows him much the way a dog can follow his boss: patiently, reliably and lovingly, he continues to stay close. And he is quite right. I’ve seldom seen such a captivating ‘boss’. The strange pastor/farmer never stops talking, but does so with such a disarming honesty and spontaneity that you can’t help falling for him. Van Houten has developed a slow cinema all of his own, with a camera that lingers more than it captures - but the investment certainly pays: For instance, with a truly beautiful declaration of love by the pastor to a local woman that lasts for several minutes.

Netherlands 166 minutes 2015 French, Flemish
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal 2015 (Canada)
  • IndieFestival El Horizonte 2015 (Brazil)
  • IndieFestival Sao Paulo 2015 (Brazil)
  • International Festival du film de la Rochelle 2015 (La Rochelle, France)
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015 (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
  • Nederlands Film Festival 2015 (Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Petite Lanterne Olonne sur Mer Festival 2015 (France)

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