The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc () - Plot Summary - IMDb
Joan of Arc is one of the most famous women in the history of has released his medieval epic The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. His courage, like that of his Joan, turns out to be mere foolhardiness in the end. The life of Joan of Arc is a perfect example of why faith counts. Joan was raised Catholic and lived a life of faith from beginning to end—a span. While the war between France and England (the Hundred Years War) appeared settled in , in England's favour, the death of King Henry V of England.
She believed that God had called her and that He would help her successfully rid her country of the English and crown the young, hesitant French prince, Charles VII. The French were in need of hope. She lit the fire of faith in the hearts of her countrymen. Word spread, hope was kindled, and before long they flocked to her, rallied beneath her banner, and began fighting and winning battles and recovering French cities.
She encouraged them to live it strictly and provided them ways to do so as they travelled with her from battle to battle.
It is said that she even drove prostitutes away from the French army camps to protect and preserve the righteousness and faith of her soldiers. Though she was wounded twice in battle—once, taking an arrow to the shoulder, and later, a crossbow bolt to the thigh—her faith and intuition seemed to keep her from serious harm until she accomplished what she believed to be her mission.
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She was terrified of being burned at the stake, which ultimately became her fate. She relied heavily on her faith during the final days and hours of her life. She requested a cross before they bound her hands and feet and lit the tinder beneath her.
A compassionate onlooker quickly fashioned one from sticks and gave it to her. Another found a cross, and at her request, held it high for her to gaze upon as she succumbed to the flames. She held fast to her faith until the very end. Dustin Hoffman's character exists to poke holes in Jeanne's belief that she was on a Mission from God ; she started fighting because she found a sword in a field, and the Conscience points out numerous mundane explanations it fell from its sheath as a soldier was riding through the field, it belonged to someone who lost a duel, it was weighing down someone who was fleeing, its owner was shot at range, someone just tossed it aside for no real reason so why does she believe it was sent by God?
Jeanne is questioning herself; a good sword is not something one finds just lying in a field, but jumping straight to "God sent it to me" really is kind of crazy. Yet from an infinite number of possibilities, you had to pick this one! You saw what you wanted to see. Jeanne gets screwed over by the very people she wanted to help, she's burnt at the stake for witchcraft and although the Bishop knows the English are lying, he can't prove it.
The epilogue does mention that she was finally canonised as a saint in the 20th century. Rather harshly so in this adaptation. A English man first murders Jeanne's sister - and then rapes her. There's a rather foul-mouthed English sentry in Orleans - and the two who accuse Jeanne of witchcraft are portrayed as cunning and manipulative.
That being said, the French characters don't get portrayed much better. They ultimately conspire to have her captured.
Before Jeanne is in the army, her hair is long and blonde. During the battle of Orleans, it's short and dark blonde. After that, it's even shorter and darker. While she is in prison it grows longer and has now turned brown. Face Death with Dignity: Jeanne being burned at the stake is horrifying.
The film gives Jeanne one. It suggests that her crusade against the English army was partially motivated by a desire to avenge her sister's rape and murder by English soldiers, which didn't happen in real life.
Jeanne writes a letter to the English army at Orleans, giving them the chance to surrender. What did they say? The movie had some quiet violent depictions during its battle scenes.
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Understandable since Besson went with more of an anti-war theme. Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Used to convey Catherine's innocence and heroic nature, as her first act is to hide Jeanne from the invading soldiers. Likewise Jeanne's hair is blonde when she's at her most innocent.
It darkens as she enters battle. When Jeanne is seriously wounded by an arrow during a siege, the French assault fails and her captains and soldiers are despondent, with the English shouting their jeers at them through the night. But then by early morning, Jeanne strides out to show she is alive, though heavily bandaged, and vows to make them pay.
Messenger - The Story of Joan of Arc - movie review by Marian Horvat
Pierre Couchon is here portrayed as trying to save Jeanne, and sympathizing with her. There is no historical evidence of this-much the opposite. Not to the extent of films like The Patriotbut the English soldiers are either foul-mouthed scum that murder innocent women and then rape them, or else malevolent and manipulative schemers. When she realizes that the soldiers don't like taking orders from a woman, she cuts off her hair to look like a man.
Jeanne tries to claim that she only carried her banner and never killed anyone. She's eventually caught out into saying that she did carry a sword too and it's likely that she did kill to defend herself. She's also portrayed as less of a messiah and more possibly a girl suffering from mental illness. The film also gives her a personal reason to want to fight the English. Avertedwhich is notable since Joan is usually portrayed this way. Instead she's Hot-Blooded and tends to go Leeroy Jenkinsfrustrating her captains but inspiring her soldiers and winning anyway most of the time.
Aulon has to tell Jeanne that she has an arrow in her leg. Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The film suggests the possibility Jeanne didn't really see signs from God, but is just a mentally ill girl who saw what she wanted. On the other hand, some things such as somehow picking out Charles from a room full of nobles don't get explained. It's heavily implied that Jeanne's visions are a result of mental illness, which is a common interpretation of her story these days.
Joan strongly believes she is on one, though the film indicates this may just be a delusion. The triumphant scene of Charles VII getting crowned abruptly jolts into the middle of the siege of Paris.
Jeanne zones out during the battle of Orleans. She has a vision of Jesusblood-soaked and in agonymaking her scream in terror. She comes to her senses hearing her comrades cheering about winning. Then she sees the hundreds of dead bodies everywhere, everyone covered in blood and one man with a prisoner he's taken - about to knock all his teeth out so he can have them. She is horrified at what she's just taken part in.The story of Joan of Arc The Messenger - fragment2
What are you doing, Jeanne? What are you doing to me, Jeanne? When the English discover what Joan is actually doing with the siege tower. Joan is referred to as 'Jeanne' throughout, alongside Jean d'Aulon. Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Milla Jovovich gives Jeanne a hint of a French accent - but it rarely holds up for very long.
The film could be said to be Apocalypse Now in medieval France. Jeanne gives a speech to the English army convincing them to surrender. Jeanne throughout the film. This was the director's intention - to show her being driven mad by the war going on around her.