Joan of Arc

Synopsis: Joan of Arc is born in 1412 in the village of Domrémy in the war zone of Northern France. During her youth she often witnesses the horrors of war, but her spirit is kept high by the legend of the Maiden of Lorraine. This says that a young maiden one day will unite the divided country and lead the people to freedom. 11 years old she starts hearing voices from Saint Catherine and Archangel Michael. Through them she is commissioned by God to go to Prince Charles in Chinon, to convince him to become the King of France and drive the English occupants away. Charles thinks that Joan could be the catalyst that animates his disheartened troops. He commissions her to lead the army together with captain La Hire. After their victory at Orléans Joan participates in the coronation of Charles in Reims. Bishop Cauchon accuses her of heresy, and is relocated to Northern France, where he associates with the English occupants. Joan breaks Charles treaty with Burgundy by attacking Paris. Her troops are de
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Is anybody there?


I'm happy to see you...

...but to keep coming here twice,

three times a day...

I need to confess.

You confessed this morning.

I need to confess again.

What terrible sin

have you committed...

...that can't wait till tomorrow?

I saw a poor monk without shoes,

so I gave him some.

There's no sin in charity, Jeanne.

They weren't my shoes.

- Whose were they?

- My father's.

- I'm sure he'll forgive you.

- He already did.

I want Jesus to forgive me too.

If we asked forgiveness

all the time, we'd spend...

...our whole life in church.

Is that bad?

Well, no, but...

Are you happy at home?

Yes, very.

Your mother?

Everything's fine with her?

Yes, she's wonderful.

And your sister, Catherine?

Is she still your best friend?

My sister's just...

She's wonderful.

What about your other friends?

You don't like playing with them?

I play with them lots.

Everything sounds wonderful.

Yes, it is.

Then why are you here so often?

I feel safe here.

It's where I can talk to him.


Well, I try to talk to him.

But mostly he's the one

who does the talking.

Who is this...


He never says his name.

What does he...

...look like?


What does he say to you?

He says...

He says I must be good

and help everyone...

...and take care of myself.

Do you think he's coming

from the sky?


But wherever he's coming from,

I think you should listen to him.

Because it sounds like

he's giving you very good advice.


It's wonderful!

It's wonderful.








Are you all right?

Did they hurt you?

No, I'm fine. Really.

We looked for you.

The English are everywhere.

I was in the church.

I was talking to the priest.

Do you know what he said?

Tell me later.

Quick, hide in here!

- Where will you be?

- I'll be right here.

I promise.

That's what I call booty.


A woman with a sword.

Look at this.

Frenchmen are cowards,

they've left the women to fight.

If that's God's will,

then so be it.

Fine with me.

I love women.

Hold still, b*tch. How can I do it

if you keep wriggling about?

Your turn now.

Preserve and bless the soul

of our dear departed.

Keep us safe from fear and sin. Amen.

Listen, Jeanne.

Your aunt and uncle are taking you

to their house for a couple of weeks.

Just to give us time

to rebuild things here.

You understand?

We give thanks for the food

you've given us.

Teach us to love this land and save it

from those who seek to destroy it.


So good night, then.

What will happen to her?

She'll be fine.

She'll grow up, find a good man,

make him some children. Don't worry.

She's been hurt, but she'll survive.

Tomorrow she'll be as right as rain.

You'll see.

I want to see a priest.

Why did she have to die?

Only God can answer that.

I know Jesus says to love

your enemies, but I can't.

I just want the English to burn

in Hell forever and ever!

I realize your anger, Jeanne,

but we must learn to forgive.

It's hard...

...but revenge will never

bring about peace.

What will? And what

will bring her back?

And why did she have to die

in the first place, instead of me?

Why didn't He take my life

instead of hers?

It was my fault! I was late!

She gave me her hiding place!

Why did He save me?

Calm down, Jeanne. Calm down.

I don't pretend to know God's will...

...but one thing I am sure.

The Lord always has a good reason.

Perhaps He chose you because

He needs you for some...

...higher calling.

As long as you answer that call,

your sister will not have died in vain.

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Andrew Birkin

Andrew Timothy Birkin (born 9 December 1945) is an English screenwriter, director and occasional actor. He was born the only son of Lieutenant-Commander David Birkin and his wife, the actress Judy Campbell. One of his sisters is the actress and singer Jane Birkin. more…

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