A brilliant, bold and refreshingly irreverent documentary shot in the style of cinéma vérité. LA VIE DE JEAN-MARIE is a feel-good portrait of a spirited 75-year old priest.

A beautiful, poetic story of an aging Dutch pastor who – probably as the very last one – watches over the spiritual life of about 25 villages in the French Pyrenees and does so with an unprecedented vivacity, sincerity and sensitivity for female beauty.

It is also about a man torn between two loves: women and Jesus…

“The strange pastor/farmer never stops talking, but does so with such a disarming honesty and spontaneity that you can’t help falling for him.” – International Film Festival of Rotterdam

“[Director] Van Houten has been able to focus on the disarming honesty of the garrulous pastor in a very special way” – EYE

“A colorful portrait of a man who turned to his religious calling after being rejected by the love of his life” – Need Coffee

Official Selection – Rotterdam International Film Festival 2016

Official Selection – Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal 2015

A film by Peter Van Houten

166 minutes on 1 disc / 2015 / French & Flemish w/English Sub-titles


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