The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris. Céline meets her outcast Muslim teenage friend ...
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The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris. Céline meets her outcast Muslim teenage friend Yassine Chikh on the streets and they hang around together. The Céline tells that he is only his friend since she is committed with God and will stay virgin since her body belongs to God. Yassine introduces Céline to his older brother and religious leader Nassir Chikh and he invites the teenage girl to participate in his religious seminars. However, Nassir is actually a terrorist and the confused Céline is the perfect tool for his cell. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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La Passion selon Saint Mathieu
aria "Gebt mir meinen Jesus weider"
composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
interpreted by François Mulard
performed by François Mulard, Anissa Amrouche, Anne France Dumoulin, Benjamin Colosimo, Bérengère Scheppler & Angelique Naccache See more »
There are no innocents in a democracy where people vote.
Religious experience is not always neat. Unless you are a fundamentalist, you often travel many and diverse roads to find God. Celine (Julie Sokolowski), also known as Hadewijch, is in a convent at the beginning, but is kicked out for not following the rules. She is too intense for the other nuns.
For reference, there really was a poet and mystic in the 13th Century with the name Hadewijch, and there is some similarity to Celine.
After returning to Paris, she befriends Yassine (Yassine Salime), a Muslim terrorist. A Christian fanatic and Muslim fanatics; quite a combination. But, Yassine's brother Nassir (Karl Sarafidis) studies the Quaran, and I found it interesting that he is able to comfort Celine when she has troubles. Nassir seeks God, just as Celine does, but in a different way. He looks at God as a sword to fight injustice.
A former philosophy teacher, Director Bruno Dumont does not lead us to a neat resolution of Celine's problems. His ending is cloaked in ambiguity. Does she move closer to God, or has she given up on salvation. He's not telling, and it is left up to you to decide. Good luck with that.
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