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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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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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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 production 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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15 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Who is worthy of a miracle?, 23 March 2010
Author: Thistle-3 from Cleveland, Ohio

I am Roman Catholic. Lourdes is a blessed, mystical place. I hear. The story goes, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in a grotto near Lourdes several times. Word spread, a shrine was built, miracles occurred, all in this small community in the south of France. Now, millions travel to Lourdes every year, looking for intervention from St. Bernadette and the Blessed Mother. While I've never been there, I have been to shrines, like Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount-Royal in Montreal. The relics for sale and presence of the pilgrims are a little scary, but there was no denying the power of the place. So, I was very interested to see a pilgrimage from the perspective of a pilgrim in Lourdes, a movie playing at the Cleveland International Film Festival, this week. Christine is a young woman from France who has multiple sclerosis. She's lost control of her body from the neck down. But, her mind is vibrant, she seems to accept the help of nurse volunteers at Lourdes with a pleasant demeanor. She tells a priest, in confession, that she gets angry over her diagnosis and feels envious of able bodied people, like a nurse who is flirting with a man on the trip that she fancies. This is like a group tour, with a different activity each day: a hike through the grotto, a bath in the water, even an award at the end of the trip for the "Best Pilgrim." Christine's mother is with her on the trip. Their relationship is one of the things that bothered me in the movie. While her mother accepts the role of caregiver, they barely talk or interact, except in a very distant fashion. I didn't get that. A couple of the older volunteers hang together at night and discuss deep topics of faith and spirituality. Juxtapose that with Christine confessing to her nurse that she is not really a believer, she just goes on the pilgrimages because she can't really get out of the house for much else. When the inevitable miracle occurs, within the group, some are jealous, others are skeptical, others just wonder why some are chosen and others are not. Lourdes is a very quiet, very slow moving film. I guess I was hoping for more of an epiphany, but at the end, I wasn't at all sure what I was supposed to take away from it. I was interested but not satisfied. I give Lourdes a 7 out of 10.

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