The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc script
Synopsis: Mystic, maiden, martyr - whatever you choose to call her, it is difficult to dispute that Joan of Arc led a remarkably accomplished life for a peasant girl who never went to school ... and never saw her 20th birthday. It all began in 1429, when a teenage girl from a remote village in France stood before the world and announced she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country.

PRIEST:

Ego te absolvo, in nomine Patris, et

Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, Amen.

EXT. CHURCH & STREAM - DAY

Jeanne runs from the little church, the weight of her sins

now happily off her shoulders. Her reflection skips

across a little stream, then on through a meadow of

cowslips and buttercups and up the sloping hillside

beyond...

EXT. MEADOW & WOOD - DUSK

A hazy, summer dusk -- pollen floating in the shimmering

air... Jeanne swirls between the high elms, happy and

carefree -- it's all a little surreal -- are those church

bells in the distance? Or cow bells? Or merely the SOUND

of insects?

Jeanne swings round faster and faster, then tumbles over,

laughing, and lies on her back. She's dizzy and out of

breath. Above her, the clouds seeming to swirl as though

she were still spinning round...

The SOUND of the bells slows down, deepening... Her face

moves into shadow. Although not distinguishable as words

at this stage, there's an urgent whisper in the wind... a

strange echo that will eventually resolve into a call

"Jeanne...!"

Presently Jeanne turns and sees something glinting in the

long grass. A SWORD. The background SOUND of the bells

grows ominous. A shooting star silently flashes across

the sky -- then scores of them. She gets to her feet and

picks up the heavy sword. It's growing darker -- colder

-- the leaves have turned to autumn brown, now blown about

by a gust of wind.

Presently she sees a WOLF approaching, slowly but straight

toward her -- then two, three -- finally the whole pack.

She grips the sword, but can't use it -- too heavy, too

frightened. As the wolves approach, she closes her

eyes...

The wolves pass either side of her, as though oblivious to

her presence. When she opens her eyes, they have passed,

and are now heading along the forest track.

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Luc Besson

Luc Besson is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He directed or produced the films Subway, The Big Blue, and Nikita. more…

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