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Lourdes (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 February 2010 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Jessica Hausner

Writers:

Géraldine Bajard (dramaturgy), Jessica Hausner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvie Testud ... Christine
Léa Seydoux ... Maria
Bruno Todeschini ... Kuno
Elina Löwensohn ... Cécile
Gilette Barbier ... Fr. Hartl
Gerhard Liebmann ... Pater Nigl
Linde Prelog Linde Prelog ... Frau Huber
Heidi Baratta Heidi Baratta ... Frau Spor
Hubert Kramar Hubert Kramar ... Herr Oliveti
Helga Illich Helga Illich ... Frau Oliveti
Walter Benn Walter Benn ... Herr Hruby
Petra Morzé ... Mother
Orsolya Tóth ... Child in Wheelchair (as Orsi Tóth)
Katharina Flicker Katharina Flicker ... Sonja
Thomas Uhlir Thomas Uhlir ... Max
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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.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Austria | France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miraklet i Lourdes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,416, 21 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,408, 21 February 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In late 2008 it was reported that Valeria Bruni Tedeschi had been cast in the role of Christine. Some time later she dropped out and was replaced by Sylvie Testud, who had already met with the director before Bruni Tedeschi was considered. See more »

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Nicely constructed narrative on Catholic faith
4 April 2010 | by FramescourerSee all my reviews

Jessica Hausner's story of a young woman who appears to be cured of MS whilst on pilgrimage to Lourdes is a patient, fluid film that moves between satire and compassion. It often exhibits a genuine empathy for the core tenets and consequent outward trappings of Catholicism. As a general examination of the Catholic faith it's accurate and probing, capturing the unavoidable selfishness and vanity of us all even in the face of our own attempts at generosity or even piety.

Yet I liked this film more because the omnipresent core of Catholicism recedes as subject. Quietly but surely, the individuals become the focus of the film. Of course, at the centre is Sylvie Testud's Christine, a marvellous performance in which intellect and emotion is in perpetual, discreet motion - but there's no self-pity and, apart from a rather dislocated intonation of standard liturgical incantations, no mention of God. Christine doesn't reject the theme park of piety revolving about her but she seems to find it a focus for a personal confrontation with her affliction. Key to the offsetting of this is a performance of equal discretion and focus, that of the genuinely pious but equally worldly Gilette Barbier as Frau Hartl, with whom Christine shares a room. The other satellite roles are all well-taken; I did like that Léa Seydoux never overdid her turn as the immature nurse assigned to Christine.

A well designed and paced film, Lourdes also has a moments of wit. It not only examines the nature of devotion but does so in the appositely Christian context of an interesting yarn. 7/10


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