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The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564.

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Nicolaes Jonghelinck
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Mary
Joanna Litwin ...
Marijken Bruegel
Dorota Lis ...
Saskia Jonghelinck
Bartosz Capowicz ...
Crucified
Mateusz Machnik ...
Wheelfied
Marian Makula ...
Miller
Sylwia Szczerba ...
Netje
Wojciech Mierkulow ...
Jan
Ruta Kubas ...
Esther
Jan Wartak ...
Simon
Sebastian Cichonski ...
Peddler
Lucjan Czerny ...
Bram
Aneta Kiszczak ...
Mayken
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The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564.

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Behind every great painting lies an even greater story

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18 March 2011 (Poland)  »

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El molino y la cruz  »

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$11,354 (USA) (16 September 2011)

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$310,900 (USA) (3 February 2012)
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A few minutes before the end of the movie, a red automobile crosses the background between two houses, while Bruegel and Nicholas Jonghelinck are speaking in the foreground. See more »

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A Living Painting
23 April 2011 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film as part of the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival in a screening at SFMOMA. What a work of art! A clear labor of love, this layered re-telling of the significance of, and meaning in Pieter Bruegel's masterpiece, "The Way to Calvary" is one of the finest embodiments of a canvas brought to life I have ever seen. Rutger Hauer is Pieter Bruegel, Sir Michael York is his patron, and the mesmerizingly beautiful Charlotte Rampling is the Virgin Mary. The unnamed figures in the painting (well over 100) are brought to life, and what a life it must have been in the 16th Century. Simple and with clear order, yet brutal and harsh. Not only is "The Mill and the Cross" a re-creation of the painting it is 16th Century Flanders (as Bruegel saw it). The film also acts as a Passion Play, and given I saw it Easter Weekend it couldn't have seemed more appropriate.


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