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Bernadette (1988)

PG | | Drama | January 1989 (USA)
In 1857, an unemployed miller moves his family into grim lodgings; his wife takes in laundry. In February of 1858, at the Massabielle grotto, their 14-year old asthmatic, illiterate ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Marc Bory ...
Le curé Peyramale / Father Peyramale
Jean-Marie Bernicat ...
M. Pailhasson
Philippe Brigaud ...
Le docteur Balencie
Claude Buchwald ...
Tante Bernarde
Bernard Cazassus ...
Le cafetier Duran
Alain Christie ...
Le garde-champêtre Callet (as O Alain Christie)
François Dalou ...
Franck Cabot-David ...
Le receveur d'Estrade (as Franck David)
Roland Lesaffre ...
Michèle Simonnet ...
Jean Davy ...
Mgr Laurence Bernard
Bernard Dhéran ...
Arlette Didier ...
Mme Milhet
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In 1857, an unemployed miller moves his family into grim lodgings; his wife takes in laundry. In February of 1858, at the Massabielle grotto, their 14-year old asthmatic, illiterate daughter, Bernadette, sees a light she later distinguishes as a beautiful young woman. The girl converses with the woman over the next few months. Crowds follow her and people are cured by the waters from a spring Bernadette has cleared. Secular authorities are threatened by the popular gatherings and subject the girl to police inquiry and medical review. The local monsignor is also skeptical, then becomes Bernadette's champion. She maintains her forthright simplicity and untutored wisdom throughout. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bernadett - Lourdes legendája 1. rész  »

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The film was shot twice, first in French, then in English. The two versions are exactly similar but the English one is slightly longer. In the French version, Sydney Penny is dubbed while the French actors are dubbed in the English one. See more »


Version of Je m'appelle Bernadette (2011) See more »

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An interesting side by side comparison to Song of Bernadette
14 September 2008 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

When I was in Lourdes, I wanted to see this version, which plays daily at the small movie theatre -- but the theatre had shut down for the season. I finally got to see this on DVD recently. I was aware that the version with Jennifer Jones, "The Song of Bernadette" took quite a few dramatic liberties with the story so I was eager to see how this version compared. The attempt here is to present a more accurate re-telling of both the miracles as well as Bernadette's family life. We don't have the antagonists in this like we do in the original and we don't have much of the dramatic conflicts that drive the original so as a narrative, this doesn't work as well, but the story is told with beauty and simplicity. The settings far more accurately represent what Lourdes really looked like too. I think this is well worth watching for anyone interested in Lourdes.

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