THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT REVIEWED
“The Brand New Testament” opens on God’s daughter trying to explain the nature of things. She’s annoyed by her grandstanding papa, so she decides to tell the people of Belgium when they’re going to die. God is annoyed by his daughter’s discovery of her powers, but it’s too late. She’s skipped Heaven for Belgium and the little lady is collecting Apostles. The original God Father heads after his kid, but finds himself getting hammered by his own rules for mortals.
God’s daughter (Ea) communicates with her apostles via their cell phones, but they don’t take their new tasks lightly. Working together, they set out to make Belgium and then the world into a better place. All the while, God is trying to make sense of how badly humanity is existing in his world. Eventually, God’s wife comes into play and tries to steer this potential crisis into something grand. This film couldn’t exist in America without being co-opted by some Faith based film initiative. It’s a joy to see a religious tinged film that’s funny and pretty inclusive.
- Home Cinema episode
- Short Film
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 3/7/17
- Video - 95%95%
- Audio - 94%94%
- Supplemental Material - 94%94%
- Film Score - 92%92%
The Plot Thus Far
THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT begins with one simple conceit: God exists, and He s a jerk. He lives in a high-rise apartment in Brussels and never gets out of His pajamas. He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new laws to torment humanity, and He s a petty tyrant to his wife and ten year-old daughter, Ea. Like her brother before her, Ea has had enough of her Father s abuse and when she spies the right opportunity, she hacks into His computer and leaks to the entire world by text message the only thing He has over them: their inevitable death date. Ea, after escaping and with her Father in pursuit, gathers apostles and writes her own New Testament to try to fix the mess her Father has made of humanity. Her six apostles a one-armed woman, a sex maniac, a killer, a woman who has been left by her husband, an office worker, and a gender dysphoric child learn to celebrate life and love, and provide us with Jaco Van Dormael s dark, witty and eccentric answer to the loaded question: what would you do if you knew exactly how much time you had left to live?