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Lourdes [Blu-ray] (2009)

Sylvie Testud , Jessica Hausner  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Palisades Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057FGCZU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasant, thought-provoking film September 29, 2011
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This is a nice little film. It is relatively short (just over an hour and a half). Not a lot happens (except for one miracle of sorts). The pace is slow, even by Euro standards. But it is extremely pleasant and well worth a watch. The acting is excellent, including some of the less-noticeable minor characters, like the various invalid pilgrims and those who assist them. The visuals are lovely, and the film truly captures the atmosphere of being in Lourdes. There are many beautiful scenes of mountains, basilicas, processions, meals at table, and visits to the grotto-- all captured reverently, but not preachingly. That is perhaps the film's greatest point: it opens us up to the possibilities of faith, but also leads us to inquire how the spirit moves in our own lives. It is not a "religious" film at all, with all the preaching and dogmatics that might imply. But nor is it another simple screed against the limits of religion and the stupidity of those who believe. To the contrary, this film holds open the possibilities of faith, while at the same time reminding us that life-- in this life, and in the realm of belief-- can be complicated and seldom as simple as proponents on either side might like us to think.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If a miracle happens - how do persons react ? March 18, 2012
Format:DVD
As most persons know, the grotto in Lourdes was the site where St. Bernadette saw visions of the Virgin Mary; its waters (from time to time) have reputedly caused miracles of healing. Because of this history/reputation, thousands of pilgrims come from all over the world for the chance to get healed. As a photo-essay on Lourdes, this film is splendid. As a viewer, I truly had a sense that I had "visited" the site - from its beautiful church to the peaceful landscapes. But the film offers much more than that.

This is the story of a tour group which comes to Lourdes and one of its members does get miraculously cured. Apparently she appears to be a woman of little faith and rather self-absorbed. Nevertheless, "she" is the one chosen (by God) to be healed. The theme of the film is the reaction/change of the individual faced with this new development in her life as well as the reaction of all those who witness the incident...other members of the group, the priest, the medical authorities in Lourdes, the caretakers. The theological question is why did she get cured over those in more need, those who are unselfish, those who are strong believers in the faith.

The film does not answer those questions, but rather poses them. But I think it does a terrific job of accurately depicting the range of reactions to the event of a miracle...including not a little jealously, rage, or even disbelief.

Be on notice that this is an unusually slow film...its action unfolds mostly in eyes and facial expressions of the participants...and in that it is very well done. It is also a movie about ritual - not just religious ritual - but the ritual of daily life (from the partaking of communal meals to the procedures for putting a person with multiple sclerosis into bed to the timing of prayers). It is a movie which provokes us to examine how well we live our lives.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Old Bait-and-Switch January 25, 2013
Format:DVD
This movie was an enormous let down. I had read nothing about the movie and knew absolutely nothing about it, so as I started watching it I was pleasantly surprised by how well shot and well acted it was. The pace was slow but smooth, every gesture with meaning, and the shots well framed and beautiful. That is what earned it two stars - that extra star is due to the hard work of the director. If I could give it two and a half stars, I would. But it doesn't really deserve three.

~*SPOILERS AHEAD - If you have not watched this movie yet and don't want it spoiled, stop reading here.*~

I really loved this film, up until roughly the last fifteen minutes. I am a staunch Roman Catholic. I had absolutely no problem with how brutally realistic the movie was - it was done in a tasteful way, and there seemed to be a solid understanding of morals throughout the film with realistic consequences for people's actions. The young and somewhat selfish female volunteer who slept with one of the male volunteers soon saw that man slip through her grasp. The gossiping, envious old shrews did not have their prayers answered, no matter how "devout" they pretended to be. The pious old woman of few words who spent most of her time in prayer and performing acts of charity helped to facilitate a miracle - almost. That is the really annoying part of this movie - the *almost* miracles. Halfway through the film when "miracles" began happening in an understated, extremely touching manner, I thought that this was going to be one of the best religious films that had come out in the last few years.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lourdes(2009) not an Catholic Movie. February 6, 2013
Format:DVD
I actually liked the movie going in even though it was unpleasant but at the end it had me upset and the end does not make sense.I looked it up myself to see what the reaction is,it is NOT an Catholic Movie,Yes The Pilgrimage to Lourdes is nicely portrayed but the end leaves alot to be desired and seems to be an Anti-Catholic piece when you think deep,I saw it on Netflix and was very pleased thinking by the sound of the plot/description and going in,but I believe it portrays the Church in an Negative and Typical way that has been done ad-verbatim since the start against the Church.Secularists and Athiests and Non-Catholics and AntiCatholics and Soft Catholics might enjoy it or those that can't read between the lines.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lourdes [Blu-ray]
Outstanding film,excellent acting.
Music was suburb.
I enjoyed it .
A story for the thinking adult.Outstanding film,excellent acting.
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Published 18 months ago by Clement
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Modern Day Film About Lourdes
This fictional film is about a modern-day paralyzed pilgrim's experience at Lourdes. This particular pilgrim was not deeply devout or religious. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bernadette Koontz
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected treat
I bought a copy of this movie after seeing it on a DVD that the local library had.
Though I don't collect movies, this is one to watch again sometime soon because the story is... Read more
Published on July 27, 2012 by BobK
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful, observant, disconserting
An intimate look at the ambivalent and contested nature of miracles, pilgrimage and sacred sites. The film discloses with ethnographic precision the inner and outer conflicts... Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by Mihnea
4.0 out of 5 stars The Meaning of Miracle
You know the town of Lourdes and its religious background. The seemingly simple story of the third film of Austrian director Jessica Hausner ("Lovely Rita" and "Hotel") takes place... Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by Tsuyoshi
4.0 out of 5 stars Open to believe
Why does God favor some and not others? This seems to be the question this movie asked. The movie is not preachy but seems to be made with a wider audience in mind. Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by Nexus
1.0 out of 5 stars a grand opera of bigotry
Another venomous portrayal by the shallow ignorant airheads of filmmaking that presents the religious as shallow, ignorant, simple-minded, jealous, depraved, grotesquely selfish,... Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Edward J. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lord Giveth...
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... Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Keris Nine
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lord Giveth...
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... Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Keris Nine
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