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Sylvie Testud, Lea Seydoux. A wheelchair-bound young woman makes a pilgrimage to Lourdes in hope of finding a cure at the sacred site. In French with English subtitles. 2009/color/96 min/NR.


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  • Actors: Sylvie Testud
  • Directors: Jessica Hausner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Palisades Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057FGCZU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By technoguy on October 6, 2010
Format: DVD
The title hints at a documentary structure,Lourdes is the French town at the base of the Pyrennes,synonymous with the notion of miraculous cures. This movie was shot in Lourdes, with the agreement of Church authorities.The film is subtly hedging its agnostic bets,beautifully filmed and composed with long-shot or side-angled photography. Testud as Christine,a young qudraplegic woman with MS,who is wheel-chair bound and comes as a `pilgrim'to Lourdes. She can't see why she's been afflicted and wants more from life, to be like `normal' people.Jessica Hausner, an Austrian film-maker,wanted not to mock the idea of spiritual comfort or bodily repair,she wanted to do a test-case healing,but with such precision and sardonic wit,that the repercussions,envy,insight into the pilgrims' minds, the fall-out,of the miracle that is not, are superbly rendered.The attitudes of other pilgrims to Christine after her healing are wonderfully depicted,why her and not me? There is a Greek chorus in the two fellow pilgrims,garrulous fraus,Huber and Spor.Also we get the concurrent life of the Order of Malta volunteers,whose lack of piety and flirting with each other,mirror in some way Christine's low-key response to a miracle cure.Has she merely won on the lottery to find out her ticket has the wrong numbers?Is she a higher form of traveler in a ghastly cultural/ spiritual package tour?Christine seems to compete with Maria,a volunteer for the attentions of Kuno,an older man Order helper.We get a reflection of different degrees of spirituality:some like Cecille who overdo it,a stickler for religious protocol and religious respect,doesn't believe in miracles, collapses.Frau Hartl is too serious.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine on April 27, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
There's a certain ambiguity to the questions raised in Lourdes by Austrian director Jessica Hausner, but it's that not Lourdes is too respectful of its subject or wary of causing offense to believers. Rather, the film seems to be attempting to look objectively at the kind of people who go there on a pilgrimage looking for healing and even the possibility of a miracle, while for some it may be enough to just give them the strength and the faith to struggle on, the film attempting in the process to reconcile questions of faith with the realities of human nature and illness.

The film finds some degree of scepticism, objectivity, or perhaps simply humanity in the figure of Christine (Sylvie Testud), a young woman suffering from multiple sclerosis, pretty much paralysed from the neck down and confined to a wheelchair, who hasn't come to Lourdes with a group of pilgrims in expectation of a miracle, as much as using it as an opportunity - one of the few available to her, and one she has taken advantage of in the past to go to other holy sites in Europe - to get out and about and meet people. One might think that there would be enough people of a likeminded nature on these trips, but Christine doesn't get the opportunity to speak to many of them and share details of their suffering or their hopes for a cure. It's not so much that Christine's condition doesn't give her much freedom to meet anyone other than the carers from the volunteer nurses looking after her needs, as much the fact that everyone, Christine included, seems to be wrapped up in their own little world of quiet suffering and contemplation, concerned with their own hopes for a cure and fears of it being someone less deserving than themselves who experiences the longed-for miracle.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian Abel Ragen on October 16, 2010
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This film fails in two ways. First it fails as a work of art. Or, to put it bluntly, it is a lousy movie. The direction and the acting are stilted, the characters are undeveloped, and the plot leads nowhere--neither to an epiphany nor to a disillusionment. Second, it fails as a depiction of a pilgrimage to Lourdes. I have been on such a pilgrimage with the group represented in the film, and real life is nothing like the movie. In the film the focus is on "getting" a miracle; in real life it is on putting oneself in the presence of God and taking what he sends. The idea of a prize for the best "malade" is absurd. In real life the pilgrims and their helpers are usually laughing when they are not actually in prayer; in the film they are silent, glum, and occasionally pretending to be pious. In real life Lourdes is full of real human connections; in the first all are isolated. In real life there is some happy flirting at Lourdes; in the film there is only dutiful, predatory lechery. So this film tells you nothing about what a trip to Lourdes is like today. If it were a good movie otherwise that might not matter very much. But it is not.
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