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

Writers:

Géraldine Bajard (dramaturgy), Jessica Hausner
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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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Drama

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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 »

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Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639
(from "Das Orgelbüchein")
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Organiste: Wolfgang Rübsam
© 1997 Naxos Rights International Ltd
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Interesting
20 May 2012 | by billcr12See all my reviews

Lourdes is a famous Catholic shrine in France, visited by pilgrims from around the world seeking miraculous cures for serious medical conditions.

Christine(Sylvie Testud) is wheelchair bound due to multiple sclerosis. Although not deeply religious, she decides to try to be healed by divine intervention. After a few days, she slowly is able to get up and walk. Other visitors with much more faith than Christine have philosophical debates on the fairness of it all.

She meets a man while apparently making progress physically, but the budding romance fizzles quickly when the guy proves to be unable to accept her limitations.

A night view of the city with only the faithful holding up candles while Ave Maria plays in the background is simply breathtaking. I am not personally religious, but I grew up Catholic and can appreciate the beauty of the symbolism and message. Jessica Hausner does not preach to the audience at any point, but gives us the opportunity to make up our own minds about faith and belief in miracles. Lourdes is an interesting conversation starter and a good movie.


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Austria | France | Germany

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French

Release Date:

17 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,947,270
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