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Our Lady of Lourdes (2013)

Lourdes, a university student, is grateful to Bernard, the town drunk, when he comes to her aid in an uncomfortable situation. But when she offers to buy him a hot meal, she ends up getting involved in far more than she bargained for.

Director:

Peter Szewczyk

Writer:

Peter Szewczyk
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Cast

Cast overview:
Naomi Scott ... Lourdes
Lech Dyblik ... Bernard
Nick Moran ... Detective Samael
Krystian Mucha Krystian Mucha ... Junkie #1
Mateusz Mirek ... Paramedic #1
Marcin Protasiewicz Marcin Protasiewicz ... Paramedic #2
Zuita Zajacowna Zuita Zajacowna ... Old Woman
Armin Armin ... Dog
Olga Wozniak Olga Wozniak ... Mother
Ola Wozniak Ola Wozniak ... Daughter
Milla Karkkainen Milla Karkkainen ... Young Wife
Luke Black Luke Black ... Young Bernard
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Lourdes, a university student, is grateful to Bernard, the town drunk, when he comes to her aid in an uncomfortable situation. But when she offers to buy him a hot meal, she ends up getting involved in far more than she bargained for.

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Genres:

Short | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK | Poland

Language:

English | Polish

Release Date:

7 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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At least tries to be narrative supported by effects, but ultimately plays more like a long walk to an effects showcase (albeit a very good showcase)
11 April 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Before I watched this film I saw that the director was one Peter Szewczyk, a name I recognized from somewhere. At some point during the film it came to me that I knew the name from recently watching the short ColourBleed – a film I had not cared for particularly because it was all effects and no substance. Credit to Szewczyk then for trying here to tell a story to allow the use of effects rather than just showing off what he can do. I think it is a good try but a shame that it is not a better try because it mostly doesn't work.

Firstly it is worth saying that the effects are very impressive and effective throughout. They produce a creepy atmosphere that eventually delivers into a scene with frightening and well-designed visions. The problem is, that this sequence is so strong that it stood out to me as the reason for the whole film to exist and at a point where I should have been pulled closer to the action, instead I was thinking "well, that was a long walk to get to an effects showcase". Even on paper the narrative is full of convenience and obvious attempts to draw the viewer in; it does work a little bit not as much as it should. The characters are too simply drawn: Bernard is a kindly drunk with a sad story that comes out very easily and Lourdes is too kindly. OK perhaps these are the basic characters but the performances limit them – Scott is stunning but doesn't convince in her dialogue although Dyblik is better. The presence of Moran and his character are equally annoying – his accent stomps all over the film and needs its own explanation, while his character is just a very poor narrative device that doesn't work at the start or the end.

Our Lady of Lourdes is a better attempt at delivering a narrative supported by effects from Szewczyk but it still falls short of what it needed to be by only being an attempt – not a successful one.


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