The Brand New Testament

In Belgian director Jaco Van Dormaels universe, God (Benoit Poelvoorde) is a mean-spirited bastard lounging around his Brussels apartment in dressing gown and trackies, watching sport on TV and wreaking havoc on the world from his DOS-run PC. Goddess (the marvellous Yolande Moreau), his long suffering wife, sticks to her embroidery and bides her time. But ten-year-old daughter Éa (played by a fantastic young actress, Pili Groyne) has taken one too many strappings from the old man and resolves  with the help of her better-known older brother  to liberate the world from the malign hand of Dad. Not to give away too much about her mission, she sets about recruiting six disciples whose testimony about their own miracle-free lives will constitute the Brand New Testament. Surreal silliness ensues, with some florid CGI assistance, and memorable encounters with, amongst others, a small boy who wants to be a girl and Catherine Deneuve as a wealthy shopaholic who bonds with a gorilla. Literal adherents of the previous two Testaments need not apply, but theres a daffy innocence  a touch of Amélie  about this brand new one.

Year: 2015
Genre: Comedy, Dutch & Belgian Cinema, Fantasy Films
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Benoit Poelvoorde, Francois Damiens, Yolande Moreau, Pili Groyne
Duration: 109 Minutes
Rating: M - Nudity, offensive language and sexual content
Subtitles: Yes
Location in store: Foreign (Netherlands & Belgium)



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