Thursday, January 21, 2010

Between Religious Belief, Wishful Thinking, & Mental Instability

A thought-provoking scene from the 1999 film The Messenger about the French Roman Catholic saint, Joan of Arc. She was, for a time, a successful peasant-born military commander for the French king in a war against the then also Roman Catholic English and Burgundians.

In this scene, Dustin Hoffman's character, who only Joan can see and hear, questions her conviction that she was instructed by God to undertake a holy mission while she is in prison on trial for witch-craft by the English and Burgundians.

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