Posted by: Sam <Send E-Mail> Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 7:57 p.m. IP Address: ip72-192-225-88.dc.dc.cox.net
The extended, international edition of "The Messenger," which is the version I've seen, makes it clear that Joan of Arc suffered from the mental illness known today as schizophrenia, but which in her time was not understood. I have not seen the truncated, US theatrical release, but based on the reviews it received, it's evident that much of the material pertaining to Joan's state of mind was cut, leaving critics and audiences confounded as to what the story was about and resulting in the film's failure. Had the complete version of the film been released theatrically here, I think it would have fared much better. It would have been highly controversial, arousing protests from the religious right, but that would likely have helped it at the box office.