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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.

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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:

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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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Budget:

EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,932,862
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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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Lourdes
21 May 2011 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

Forgive my ignorance of neither Lourdes or theology, without a Catholic background, to me the miracles sound hyperbolic and outlandish at first, but after watching the film, even though being an agnostic, some kind of insight surfaced upon my mind's eye that the miracle itself could be a fatal burden to whom it is granted, which is my very direct response, which I am not sure would be the prime aim of the director, for me, it does pique my curiosity definitely.

Due to the fact that the mystery has still been in a moot beyond any explanation by now, the third feature from Austrian director Jessica Hausner (whose previous film is a haunting ghost story - HOTEL 2004) cannily digresses the mythological topic of the epiphanic moment, instead, the film focuses directly on the individuals of the pilgrim group (thought from a restrained distance), the most noteworthy comes from their blunt reactions before/after the miraculous event, which unavoidably compass piety, expectation, sympathy versus selfishness, jealousy, gloating, envy and bitterness. As a matter of fact it is more like a discreet dissertation on a test of humanity, which literally and cruelly reveals the inconvenient truth that it is our soul needs to be cured.

What I truly commend here is the laconic shots, the full-blown palette and a calm stance which is pervasive throughout the entire movie,

all of which establish a sincere austerity and mercy to its views, plus the non-intrusion composition drastically enhances the solemnity and sacrality of its proposition

The female protagonist Sylvie Testud's performance is extraordinarily astute, despite of her word-deficient and gesture-limited role while the supporting group is also tellingly awesome, terse but impressive!


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