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Lourdes -- In order to escape her isolation, wheelchair-bound Christine makes a life changing journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains.

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Jessica Hausner (writer)
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Release Date:
17 February 2010 (USA) See more »
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In order to escape her isolation, wheelchair-bound Christine makes a life changing journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains. | Add synopsis »
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10 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Sylvie Testud ... Christine

Léa Seydoux ... Maria

Bruno Todeschini ... Kuno
Elina Löwensohn ... Cécile
Gilette Barbier ... Fr. Hartl

Gerhard Liebmann ... Pater Nigl
Linde Prelog ... Frau Huber
Heidi Baratta ... Frau Spor
Hubert Kramar ... Herr Oliveti
Helga Illich ... Frau Oliveti
Walter Benn ... Herr Hruby
Petra Morzé ... Mother

Orsolya Tóth ... Child in Wheelchair (as Orsi Tóth)
Katharina Flicker ... Sonja
Thomas Uhlir ... Max
Martin Thomas Pesl ... Frank
Gerith Holzinger ... Malteserin (as Gerith Alice Holzinger)
Karoline Kuchar ... Malteserin
Birgit Langer ... Malteserin
Maria Lassl ... Malteserin
Stefan Lirsch ... Malteser
Uta Ohrner ... Malteserin
Josef Prenner ... Malteser
Andrea Schlor ... Malteserin
Renate Summer ... Malteserin
Adolf Tax ... Malteser
Theresia Wegmann ... Malteserin
Gertrude Baumgartner ... Pilgerin

Aurelia Burckhardt ... Nonne
Barbara Chobola ... Pilgerin
Florian Heinz Dubois ... Pilger
Martin Habacher ... Pilgrim
Angelo Kreuzberger ... Pilger
Armand Lenaerts ... Pilger
Hermine Popper ... Pilgerin
Mike Tennison ... Pilger

Irma Wagner ... Pilgerin
Ernestine Winter ... Pilgerin
Jackie Wulf ... Pilger
Bernadette Schneider ... Hospitaliere
Robert Brun ... Le médecin
Pierre-Emmanuel Finzi ... Assistant du médecin
Elisabeth Kervarrec ... La secrétaire
Jacky Pratoussy ... Jean-Pierre Bely (as Jacques Pratoussy)
Laislavo 'Lado' Kravanja ... Chanteur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger Mahony ... Priest in white with Monstrance (as His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony)
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Directed by
Jessica Hausner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jessica Hausner  writer

Produced by
Philippe Bober .... producer
Martin Gschlacht .... producer
Susanne Marian .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Martin Gschlacht 
 
Film Editing by
Karina Ressler 
 
Casting by
Markus Schleinzer 
 
Production Design by
Katharina Wöppermann 
 
Art Direction by
Dietlind Rott 
 
Costume Design by
Tanja Hausner 
 
Makeup Department
Loli Avellanas .... hair stylist
Frédéric Balmer .... special makeup effects artist
Maya Benamer .... makeup artist
Alexis Kinebanyan .... special makeup effects artist
Silvia Pernegger .... makeup artist
Martha Ruess .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Nathalie Aubaret .... assistant unit manager
Niki Brechelmacher .... unit manager
Sylvie Duluc .... unit manager
Laurence Farenc .... production manager
Melani Murkovic .... unit manager
Tolke Palm .... post-production supervisor
Thomas Pascher .... unit manager
Bruno Wagner .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Valentin Hinz .... assistant director
Georg Mayrhofer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Anjo de Marignan .... property master: outdoor
Sebastian Thanheiser .... property master: outdoor
Stephan Würzl .... property master: indoor
 
Sound Department
Uwe Haussig .... sound (as Uve Haussig)
Daniel Iribarren .... adr editor
Jörg Klinkenberg .... foley artist
Matthias Lempert .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernhard Maisch .... sound re-recording mixer
Erik Mischijew .... sound designer
Matz Müller .... sound editor
Christoph Oertel .... foley mixer
Michael Reuter .... sound mixer
Matthias Schwab .... adr editor
 
Visual Effects by
Matthias Albrecht .... digital effects editor
Matthias Albrecht .... visual effects editor
Markus Bäuerle .... digital lab supervisor
Sebastian Göhs .... digital colourist
Mirko Ilowski .... visual effects
Michael Krocan .... visual effects
Ruth Raatz .... color timer
Niklaas Warda .... title design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Bertin .... electrician
Rainer Fritz .... digital imaging technician
Stefan Ludescher .... key grip (as Stephan Ludescher)
Werner Stibitz .... gaffer
Nino Volpe .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Felipe Salazar .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Véronique Gely .... set costumer
Moana Stemberger .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Ivar Beer .... head of digital film lab
Sebastian Gassner .... sales manager film lab
Ute Lingner .... film lab manager
Stefan Müller .... managing director film lab
Gabriela Schultze .... sales manager film lab
 
Other crew
Géraldine Bajard .... script editor
Jean-Baptiste Filleau .... continuity
Heidi Lacroix .... production coordinator
Melani Murkovic .... assistant to producers
Felipe Salazar .... assistant location manager
Anna-Katharina Wohlgenannt .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Jacques Perrier .... special thanks: Archevêgue de Tarbes tet Lourdes (as Monseigneur Perrier)
 

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When the script for Lourdes (2009) first landed on Sylvie Testud's desk, her initial reaction was that she didn't want to do anything that might involve her playing a nun or taking easy potshots at religion. She instantly changed her mind after reading the script.See more »
Soundtrack:
Toccata un Fuge in D-moll BWV 565See more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Richly rewarding, 5 July 2011
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Christine (Sylvie Testud) is wheelchair-bound, and is suffering from multiple sclerosis. She travels to the pilgrimage site of Lourdes in the Pyrenees Mountains to both escape from her isolation, and seek some kind of answers to her situation. Compared to the other pilgrims, Christine has little faith in God. Yet while she's there, she miraculously gains controls of her limbs and she rises from her wheelchair. The church are quick to jump on it as a 'miracle', but seek medical advice in order to confirm this.

The film never takes a stance in regards to its attitude to either religion or spirituality, to the point where the 'miracle' that takes place takes a backseat. This is a film that is more concerned with its characters' plight, and how the people around Christine react to the possible miracle that they witness. It does, if anything, portray the Catholic faith in a positive light. The priest seeks all the medical advice he can get before he will believe it as a miracle, and the helpers at Lourdes (minus one rather self-involved girl) are shown to have genuine love for the work they do, and its importance. But it does also show the slightly ridiculous side, as the Church will only recognise it as an 'official' miracle if it ticks certain boxes.

it does not linger on the idea of faith, as previously stated, but instead how it corrupts, bewilders, and enchants the people around Christine. Some of the pilgrims talk bitterly between themselves and doubt her sincerity, to the point where they begin to dismiss the idea of miracles, which is the very thing that they went to Lourdes to experience. One of the male helpers initially shows an interest in Christine, glancing and smiling at her every now and then. Yet when she begins to walk again, he seems to almost completely fall for her, much to the jealousy of one of the female workers. It's a startling commentary on how humanity can be corrupted and influenced by the idea of religion.

Lourdes is a quiet, gentle and ponderous portrayal of a woman desperately seeking an answer to her illness and finding it in the last place she would expect. It doesn't force its ideas down your throat, but instead it lets it flow across the small interactions and expressions of its characters. The pace may sometimes come to a standstill, but this is a richly rewarding experience from one of Austria's most exciting new directors.

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