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Lourdes

Directed by Jessica Hausner
Film Movement
2009
96 Minutes
Austria, France, Germany
French
Drama
Not Rated

Afflicted with multiple sclerosis, Christine makes a pilgrimage to the holy site of Lourdes in hopes of a miracle. Among thousands of ailed visitors, she proceeds through the well-oiled machinery of the religious tourist destination until the unbelievable happens: she is suddenly able to walk. As Christine becomes the object of wonder and envy, bolstering and testing the faith of her fellow pilgrims, the question remains whether all is as it seems.

A personal favorite of Martin Scorsese, Jessica Hausner’s acclaimed third feature distills the central theme of her filmography: the contentious gray area between faith and fact. Dryly humorous and quietly riveting, LOURDES is the “superbly subtle, mysterious and brilliantly composed film” (The Guardian) that established Hausner as a vital contemporary auteur on a global scale.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Jessica Hausner
  • Starring: Sylvie Testud
  • Starring: Léa Seydoux
  • Starring: Bruno Todeschini
  • Starring: Elina Löwensohn

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  • "One of the pleasures of this intelligent, rigorously thoughtful, somewhat sly film is that it takes place in the space between the inexplicable (no explanation is possible) and the unexplained (enlightenment might be around the corner). Its director... wants to explore the mysteries of life, not its certainties. "
    Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • "Beautifully led by birdlike Sylvie Testud as an ailing young woman in a wheelchair, every character (pilgrim and helper alike) exhibits a soul. And shaped with confident talent by the Austrian filmmaker, every serenely composed shot matters."
    Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
  • "A provocative and surprising pleasure...."
    Dave Calhoun, Time Out
  • "A cucumber-cool satire which views the poetry and passion of spiritual faith through a prism of rigid bureaucracy and ruthless logic."
    Alan Mack, Little White Lies
  • "This film is both good and powerful. It is as magically, richly ambivalent as life itself."
    Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
  • "Hausner manages and controls our expectations in this superbly subtle, mysterious and brilliantly composed film."
    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
  • "One of the most observant -- and enigmatic -- movies of the year."
    David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
  • "A cool and firmly ambitious film from Austria’s Jessica Hausner, Lourdes is an accomplished work which radiates intelligence."
    Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
  • "Jessica Hausner's tour de force of ambivalence, intelligence and invention will make you believe in cinematic miracles, at least."
    Jonathan Romney, Independent (UK)

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