Has she had a similar reaction to Mouchette, Vagabond or Von Trier's Breaking The Waves or Dancer In The Dark? Similar arguments about taking pleasure in degredation vs dignity in the face of abuse could apply here also.
I know better than to try Von Trier. I think she mostly ignored Mouchette when I watched it -- she didn't care much for Balthazar.
We will see Vagabond when the new Varda set comes out (and we can afford to biy it).
That's the 'human' Joan. Not much of a warrior or a saint in her, just an amazing 20 year old who acts out of both her compassion and her clarity of mind. Most amazing and touching, and I think I prefer it even to Dreyer (though these films are not really comparable). I wonder why this isn't available on disc even in France (and don't buy the shortened version released in the US!!). Okay, to answer that rhetorical question:it was a huge box office flop, but it's surely one of Rivette's greatest masterpieces.
I bought a copy of the French video of Rivette's Joan from FNAC (or was it Alapage) -- but something went wrong. The image was so thin and washed out (all the way through) it is almost impossible to watch (almost like severely underdeveloped slide film). I made it through once -- and could tell that it had a lot more sensible and compelling structure than the truncated American version. Even in butchered form, Bonnaire's performance is outstanding (and the film has some great music).
I'd be happy with an unsubbed French DVD release of this (though subs would be nicer still).