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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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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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"Innovating and artistic..." See more (16 total) »

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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The extras in the film really were pilgrims to Lourdes.See more »
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Ich ruf Dich, Komm Herr Jesu ChristSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
"Innovating and artistic...", 6 December 2010
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

Austrian screenwriter and director Jessica Hausner's third feature film film which she wrote, premiered In competition at the 66th Venice Film Festival in 2009, was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival in 2009, was shot on location in France and is a France-Germany-Austria co-production which was produced by producers Martin Gschlacht, Philippe Bober and Suzanne Marian. It tells the story about a young woman with Multiple Sclerosis named Christine. She is chained to a wheelchair and can only get out if she signs up for cultural or Christian trips. Christine has previously visited Rome, but her next destination is Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains.

This finely tuned fictional tale is set in the Christian pilgrimage town Lourdes in France, a fine choice of location, where the Virgin Mary apparently appeared to a 14-year-old girl named Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, and Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner tells the story about a reserved though smiling and obliging woman who arrives at Lourdes hoping to be cured of her chronic illness. Jessica Hausner's quiet reflection of the intangibility concerning miracles and peoples individual relations to their faith is intellectually debated and asks several interesting questions that are also answered. All though her film has elements of divinity by it in the use of music and some remarkable scenes, it is by no means an overly religious film. "Lourdes" is rather a concentrated study of an enigmatic theme and a film where the characters reactions and reception to the abstract is the core and where the existential converges with the mysterious and the distinct with the abstract.

Austrian cinematographer Martin Gschlacht's skillful and structural cinematography compliments Jessica Hausner's clear vision, and her steady, stringent and partly static direction is at its best when she films the main character from versatile perspectives and creates describing portraits of an archetype character, excellently played by French actress, screenwriter and director Sylvie Testud in a vital and radiating interpretation of a character that only has her face and her words to express herself with. Most actors delivers convincing acting and Jessica Hausner's film has a strong humane warmth that shines through the heroine's being, and an elusive atmosphere which is effectuated by the esoteric faces of the guests and employees at the place that has been called the Catholic Church's answer to Disneyland. An innovating and artistic film from a director with a recognizable personal style where one is left feeling like having seen something that lasted significantly longer than its running time.

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