I am reviewing both parts here and counting it as one film.
This is an incredibly personal epic, akin somewhat to Lawrence of Arabia (perhaps that's just in my mind at the moment) in that it follows a single, mesmerizing figure through a life of war and personal conviction. Unlike Lawrence, Joan the Maid adheres as close to historical fact as you're going to find outside of well made documentaries. Indeed, the documentary effect is reinforced as some characters tell parts of the tale to the camera at times, like talking heads.
Sandrine Bonnaire gives a stunning performance, quietly drawing you in. Multiple times, Joan is called on to defend her faith, and these moments far outstrip the battle sequences as moments of conflict and drama. For a war film, this is a very quiet movie. It has its share of bloodshed, and the ending is, of course, brutal. But its most powerful moments are entirely dialogue.
December count: 62/100.