Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal)

Director: Denys Arcand Year: 1989 Run Time: 120min
Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) (1989)

The Passion Play has been a success for more than 40 years at a Montreal church, but the old-fashioned staging has made modern audiences restless. When the priest in charge hires a young troupe of actors to stage a revised and more inventive version, things don’t go exactly as planned.

Combining religion and some unconventional theories about Jesus, the troupe’s work begins to ruffle some feathers in the Catholic church, even as the life of main actor Daniel (Bluteau) starts to mirror the Messiah’s journey in unexpected and poignant ways.

Told with sharp humour and heart, the film received critical acclaim and won numerous awards, including the Genie for Best Picture and the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.


Denys Arcand


Denys Arcand


Roger Frappier, Pierre Gendron


Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Rémy Girard, Gilles Pelletier






English, French

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Jésus de Montréal is filmed and set in Quebec. Denys Arcand is from Quebec.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
14A Manitoba
14A New Brunswick
14A Newfoundland and Labrador
14A Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
14A Ontario
14A Prince Edward Island
13+ Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon