Oh my God (sorry the pun, folks).
I never thought I would find such a great look to the current world in The Brand New Testament (Le Tout Nouveau Testament). A smart comedy, yes. This beautiful and quizzical view of humanity was a surprise though. This movie can be so incredibly poetic and unforgivable and funny at the same time.
It is not an easy subject, God. And I've read many outraged comments about this movie. The thing is, if God was a person, for me he would be just as depicted here. Benoit Poelvoorde is great as the biggest SOB in the universe, one that regulates the human race and the world. He is such an evil jerk. But of course a person who has absolute control over all things would be a master nitwit. That's why it is incongruous to think about god as a person. This movie proves how ridiculous and dangerous and unnecessary it is - with the due respect to all the different beliefs.
God as a pitiful man presents another issue (among infinite others): people think that it's their right to be judgmental. Well, if God as a person is the big judge of humanity, throwing plages and rules and tragedies and personal vendeta and Murphy's Law over our heads, why we shouldn't do the same?
Jaco Van Dormael has no qualms in questioning our views about people, love, life, God (of course). Looks and social status are nothing to him, thanks God (sorry again). What matters is people and their connections, doesn't matter how. Connecting and understanding are true keys to being godlike. And that fact Dormael states in a poetic and funny manner, with the aid of an amazing cast. Pili Groyne is the heart and soul of this film. François Damiens I absolutely love. And Catherine Deneuve is perfect, even if it is a bit bittersweet seeing her so plastified. In here, she is questioning what we could think about her, as a delicate and elegant woman. It is one of the most disturbing and accurate traits in the movie.
Flavia and why saw ourselves laughing too much again, just two days after Deadpool. A different laugh, punctuated by a beautifull soundtrack, poetic images, a distunbing view of society and people.
|Le Tout Nouveau Testament. Directed by Jaco Van Dormael. Cast: Pili Groyne,|
Benoit Poelvoorde, François Damiens. Writers: Thomas Gunzig, Jaco Van
Dormael. Belgium/France/Luxemboug, 2015, 113 min., Color (Cine Brasília).