The Annunciation ★★★

This arthouse oddity casts children in a series of recreations of historical and Biblical events, putting forth the unoriginal idea that we’re doomed to repeat the follies of the original sin until the end of time. In practice, it plays something like a Straub-Huillet remake of Intolerance, which makes it rather singular yet somewhat austere to the point where one’s interest is challenged. Still, there are moments when the insane idea of having children enact things like the French Revolution and the crucifixion results in discordant juxtapositions between form and content that are certainly productive and thought-provoking.