Joan the Maid 1: The Battles (Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles) (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Joan the Maid 1: The Battles (Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles) (1994)




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Jacques Rivette directed this richly detailed six-hour drama based on the story of Joan of Arc. In Part one, "Les Batailles," Jeanne the Maid (Sandrine Bonnaire) leaves her childhood home in Domremy after hearing what she is sure was the voice of God. She believes that she can help lead France to victory on the battlefield, and she persuades Charles, dauphin of France (Andre Marcon) to allow her to guide his troops. Part two, "Les Prisons," concerns the sad aftermath of Jeanne's defeat at Orleans. Jeanne is sent to prison, where in two separate trials she is tried for heresy and impersonating a man, with both her life and the sanctity of her mortal body at stake. A four-hour version, with each of the two parts trimmed down to two hours, is also available.


Sandrine Bonnaire
as Joan of Arc
Didier Sauvegrain
as Raoul de Gaucourt
André Marcon
as Charles, dauphin of France
Jean-Pierre Lorit
as Jean d'Alencon
Jean-Louis Richard
as La Tremoille
Jean-Pierre Becker
as Jean d'Aulon
Marcel Bozonnet
as Regnault de Chartres
Mathieu Busson
as Louis de Coutes
Edith Scob
as Jeanne de Bethune
Claire Bacot
as Charlotte
Martine Pascal
as Yolande d'Aragon
Olivier Cruveiller
as Jean de Metz
Nathalie Richard
as Catherine de la Rochelle
Pierre Baillot
as Jacques Boucher
Wilfred Benaiche
as Mathieu Mesnage
Catherine Bidaut
as Lady Boucher
Bernadette Giraud
as Catherine Le Royer
Jean-Claude Jay
as Jacques Alain
Robert Lucibello
as Seguin Seguin
Xavier Maly
as Xaintrailles
Reginald Huguenin
as Colet of Vienne
Yann Collette
as Jean de Luxembourg
Bruno Wolkowitch
as Gilles de Laval
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Critic Reviews for Joan the Maid 1: The Battles (Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Austere and handsome, propelled by an unadorned but magnetic performance by Sandrine Bonnaire.

July 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Joan the Maid, like many Rivette films, can be intimidating. Get past the length, and you may still need to acclimate to the movie's vision of a thoroughly mortal Joan, in addition to an aesthetic that is wholly presentational.

August 1, 2019 | Full Review…

For those who are into French history...knock yourselves out--this set is good enough to rent at least. But as a film, it falls short and the presentation can't buoy it up.

July 14, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

An original political response to Joan's plight.

July 14, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Stripped of much of the incident that one would expect from an expansive biopic, but still remarkably satisfying, Rivette's two-film epic finds a psychological realism that's only enhanced by his unorthodox approach.

July 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A sublime corporeality informs Bonnaire's portrayal.

July 14, 2020 | Full Review…

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