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.

EXT. FOREST - NIGHT

Jeanne follows the wolves along the track. They're

heading toward a red glow, visible beyond the trees. The

wolves disappear over a ridge, though all we can see for

the moment is the red sky beyond. But as Jeanne reaches

the edge, we move up with her to see...

... her village in the valley below, ablaze.

EXT. DOMREMY VILLAGE - NIGHT

Panic -- screams -- crashing timbers -- animals stampeding

-- wolves drag corpses from gutted buildings -- and

through the midst of the tumult tears Jeanne, still

dragging the sword she found. She runs inside a farm

cottage...

INT. JEANNE'S HOME - NIGHT

The low, dark building we saw earlier -- now empty, lit by

the fires of the houses on the far side of the street.

Jeanne runs in, searching about --

JEANNE:

Mother...?

No response. She begins to panic -- runs through into a

smaller room beyond, calling out --

JEANNE:

Catherine?!

Suddenly a door swings open and a hand reaches out --

Jeanne screams, then turns to see her elder sister,

CATHERINE, who's been hiding in a cupboard...

CATHERINE:

Jeanne!

Catherine embraces her, hugging her in relief --

CATHERINE:

Are you alright? Did they hurt you?

JEANNE:

No no, I'm fine, really...

CATHERINE:

I was so worried -- we've all been

looking for you! The English are

everywhere! O thank you, lord!

She hugs her again -- then freezes, hearing the SOUND of

horses, the clanking of armor. But Jeanne hasn't heard...

JEANNE:

I was in church...

Catherine glances about, ears tuned...

CATHERINE:

Really?

JEANNE:

I was talking to the priest, and do

you know what he said to me?

Catherine puts her hand across Jeanne's mouth --

CATHERINE:

Shhh... tell me later...

She hears the drunken laughter getting closer...

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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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