The Brand New Testament

God lives in Brussels. On earth though, God is a coward, with pathetical morals and being odious with his family. His daughter, Ea, is bored at home and can't stand being locked up in a small apartment in ordinary Brussels, until the day she decides to revolt against her dad...


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  • ★★★★★ review by loureviews on Letterboxd

    A really enjoyable, quirky, playful, and black film which takes as its starting point that God lives in Brussels and is basically a troll who enjoys causing havoc with mankind.

    When his daughter decides to take revenge and send everyone a text message letting them know how long they have to live, she unleashes a world of dark introspective and disturbing comedy which also has a lot to say about moral philosophy and the meaning of life.

    This reminded me a lot of films like 'The City of Lost Children' as well as 'Being John Malkovich', and the best work of Terry Gilliam, and watching it at Easter, I also thought it had profound questions to ask about the reality of religious observation (the wisecracking 'JC' is exactly as I imagine him to be), and the opening scenes where animals act as humans do is inspired.

    Beautifully scored and shot as well, with gorgeous colours and shadows, and some absolutely lovely sequences (Aurelie watching the ballet display at her table, for one; the skies erupting; the glowing, singing fish; or simply the quiet tears of one who realises exactly when their time is up).

    This gets the full five stars from me. It made me laugh, it disturbed me, and it moved me.

  • ★★★★ review by Sebastian Klein on Letterboxd

    A heartwarming movie. A creative story about God's daughter, who escapes the clutches of a mad misanthrope, goes out and creates a new testament. Great actors, well staged, a movie that left me satisfied.

    The French and Belgian film industry shows that you can make great and challenging films apart from superheroes and eternal sequels. This could Hollywood take an example.

  • ★★★★ review by Jonathan Van Hemelrijck on Letterboxd

    Gezien op mijn zoveelste date night met Jaan. Ik had eerst een documentaire op gezet over The Revenant. Best wel gezellig. Daarna was het nog te vroeg om te gaan slapen. Het was aan Jaan om een filmpje te kiezen. Da hebben we maar naar deze topper gekeken. Got to love the Jaco. Got to love Brussels. Wel leuk dat we ook samen in Brussel waren toen we het keken.

    Nu gaan we samen slapen. Morgen vroeg filmen. Veel succes vriendjes.


  • ★★★★ review by Billy Langsworthy on Letterboxd

    Incredibly entertaining, wildly inventive, a little bit mad and moving to boot; The Brand New Testament is one of 2016's most original visions.

    See it for God's sake

  • ★★★★ review by Olevar on Letterboxd

    Empieza genial: Dios es un desgraciado insoportable al que le gusta torturar a la gente desde la computadora de su casa. Jesús ya huyó porque no lo soportaba, se vino al mundo y lo crucificaron, y en casa de Dios (en Bruselas), solo quedan él, su hija y su esposa, una diosa a la que no se le permite ni siquiera hablar. Así que para fastidiar a su papá, la hija decide enviarle a todos los mortales la fecha y hora exacta de su muerte, lo que obviamente tiene consecuencias tremendas en el mundo. Así que ella decide también salir del departamento y juntar a sus propios apóstoles.

    En general la película es divertidísima, tiene momentos lindos y uno sale de la sala sintiéndose bien y pensando cómo se echa a la basura el tiempo que tenemos porque creemos que somos inmortales y nunca nos va a llegar la hora. Los apóstoles tienen buenas historias, aunque el asunto se vuelve algo repetitivo a partir del cuarto apóstol, pero nada que moleste. La música y la selección de clásicos es genial, amé al pececillo fantasma que canta “La mer” sobre la cabeza de su apóstol.

    Muy buena sorpresa de la Muestra, pero eso sí, puede ponerse MUY rara de pronto. ¿Catherine Deneuve en amasiato con un gorila? Eso sí que no creí verlo nunca. Además en varias de sus secuencias me recordó al cine de Terry Gilliam, cosa que me gustó.

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