The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc is a 1999 historical drama film directed by Luc Besson. The screenplay was written by Luc Besson and Andrew Birkin. The original music score was composed by Éric Serra.The Messenger portrays the story of St. Joan of Arc, the famous French war heroine of the 15th century and religious martyr, played by Ukrainian-born Milla Jovovich. The story begins with young Joan witnessing the atrocities of the English against her family, following her through her visions, to her leadership in battle, through doubt (with Dustin Hoffman playing a character credited as "the Conscience"), and finally to her trial and execution.
Although the producers of the film claimed that it stays close to the historically accepted story of Joan of Arc, some have disagreed, citing the misrepresentation of medieval battlefields as well as the introduction of fictional weapons.Film reviewers gave the film mixed reviews, with some criticizing the dialogue which some considered inappropriate, while others considered it "corny". The film was meant to show that Joan's motivation and behaviour might not have been purely of divine inspiration and this departure from the traditional representation of the character outraged some people. There is also a rape scene in the film which is fictional.