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Vision - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen (2009)

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The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Sukowa ... Hildegard von Bingen
Heino Ferch ... Mönch Volmar
Hannah Herzsprung ... Richardis von Stade
Lena Stolze Lena Stolze ... Jutta
Alexander Held Alexander Held ... Abt Kuno
Sunnyi Melles ... Richardis' Mother
Paula Kalenberg ... Klara
Devid Striesow ... Kaiser Friedrich Barbarossa
Annemarie Düringer ... Äbtissin Tengwich
Mareile Blendl Mareile Blendl ... Jutta von Sponheim
Christoph Luser Christoph Luser ... Hartwig von Bremen
Salome Kammer Salome Kammer ... Sängerin
Wolfgang Pregler Wolfgang Pregler ... Bischof von Mainz
Joseph von Westphalen Joseph von Westphalen ... Bernhard von Clairvaux
Katinka Auberger Katinka Auberger ... Nonne Bertha
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The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run counter to the patriarchal world around her. The monks and nuns at the convent become a kind of family, offering both confidants and enemies. For example Jutta, struggling with her jealousy of Hildegard's success, and the young Richardis who worships Hildegard both as an intellectual role model and a mother figure. Written by Göteborg International Film Festival

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Country:

Germany | France

Language:

German | Latin

Release Date:

24 September 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,406, 17 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$431,881, 20 March 2011
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

In church the language at the time of Hildegard was Latin. The priests/monks would have pray only in Latin (though speak their first languages). See more »

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Referenced in Charm (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Kyrie eleison - Respice, quaesumus, Domine
From the Gregorian chant 'Paschale Mysterium'
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beautiful recreation of 12th century---feminist take on famous nun
25 July 2012 | by filmalamosaSee all my reviews

The movie follows the life of Hildegard Von Bingen a famous medieval nun/magistra/convent founder who had religious visions and was interested in science, music, medicine, and much more...

The cinematography was absolutely beautiful and the story captivated me even with its modern feminist sensibilities every where....from the suitably milque toast priest Volmar to her renaissance passion for all intellectual pursuits....The cliché over veneration of books learning etc comes off as nerdy and dumb when exaggerated too much as it was in this movie. That said I wish I had read up on Hildegard before watching; there was apparently much substance to the woman--the movie fails here..having her oohing and aawing over stacks of books or staging an avant garde (for the era) play doesn't do her credit.

The part of her that captivated me of course were the visions. Everyone hopes things like that are not mental illness. You grow to really like this woman and that is the key to good cinema no?

The character of Richardis is good too...more than a hint of female homosexuality that was sublimated by both parties.

This movie would have been a 10 if the visions had been shown better and the pseudo intellectual nerd and feminist stuff toned down.

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