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Hadewijch [DVD]

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  • Actors: Julie Sokolowski, Karl Sarafidis, Yassine Salime, David Dewaele
  • Directors: Bruno Dumont
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: New Wave Films
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BDF45A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,361 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Céline, a theology student, takes the name of Hadewijch, a 13th century mystic from Brabant, as her name for her novitiate. But shocked by the blind, ecstatic faith of Hadewijch, the mother superior tells her she must leave the convent and find her vocation in the world.

Hadewijch once again becomes Céline, 20, the daughter of a French minister. She meets Yassine, a North African from the banlieues, who introduces her to his brother Nassir, a committed Muslim and religious instructor. Her passionate love of God and her despair at God s invisibility, her rage, and her desire for self-sacrifice lead her, between grace and madness, off along dangerous paths.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gawayne on 5 Feb. 2013
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I must admit this is one of the best films I have seen in a while. Julie Sokolowski mesmerizes in the role of Hadewijch and really captures my mind and heart. She is devoted to God, but also rather naive, as her involvement with Muslim fundamentalists proves - though the film tries to take an enlightened view of even this and in the end it is shown that there is but one 'God' even if his followers are often flawed. There is a luminous and poetic beauty to this film if one can see beyond the outer- it is deeply mystical and uplifting and there is redemption for more than one person... The imagery is clear and beautiful. It's a film I could watch many times and I highly recommend it....The ending is very moving indeed without giving anything away.
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By BrownPolar on 25 April 2015
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Having now seen the seven features that Bruno Dumont has made to date and having loved all but ‘Twentynine Palms ’, I want to say something about this fascinating, unique and influential maverick. A review for ‘Hadewijch’ is the best place to do so, because it is the most accessible of his films so far and the most topical in the current climate of jihadist terror.

Dumont’s trademark visual style has become so influential that it is now prevalent, if not trendy, in the work of young filmmakers worldwide. This approach, in which the camera holds it position for a relatively long period of time, meditatively capturing so a carefully composed image, has successfully challenged a key convention of cinema. In the documentary ‘I am So, So’, Krzysztof Kieslowski explains that the maximum length for a still shot should not exceed 15 seconds, so as to keep the viewer’s attention and to maintain the flow of a story, using the example of a sugar cube in a coffee cup from ‘Trois Couleurs: Bleu’. In striking contrast, Dumont captures much of his movies in still takes that are minutes long, the effect of which is a deeper engagement with the characters of a story and their surroundings, at a pace as realistic as life itself. A typical example of this is the opening sequence of ‘Hadewijch‘, where a church under restoration is held in a long view for several minutes, allowing the audience to explore the setting in audiovisual detail. Equally lengthy, static captures of Julie Sokolowski’s face elsewhere in the film facilitate a deeper understanding of her character and emotional state.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By .fgd on 5 Dec. 2012
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First off this film had a very beautiful ending that I won't spoil.
Meanwhile this film, rather than write off Islamic extremists as nut-cases , actually explores their God vision in all seriousness through the eyes of a young catholic woman who is so ardent that it's the nuns who cast her from the convent with the advice to experience a slice of life first, which brings her to her senses by the end of the film.

She is picked up by a young moslem who decides since she is not a western wanton lay ( too full of Christ for that) maybe she can become a better bet or girl-friend if he can persuade her to convert. He introduces her into his community segregated in the Paris surburbs where her own extremism finds acceptance and out-let.

Moslems need not find this a distasteful film as it treats them with respect right up to the end without condoning violence. I'm an atheist for what it counts and turned off by humbug in cinema. Nevertheless I really enjoyed this film- it's as about vision as it is about religion.
The acting is of the type that you forget is acting. So excellent this film and I have been waiting and watching for its release on DVD for over a year since catching it on comcast.
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By LeBrit on 9 Jun. 2015
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This is an incredibly intelligent, well constructed film. I really enjoyed even though it deals with a deeply religious girl who is so convincing I was taken along with her convictions. Later, she meets Muslims and you get to see their side also, and also realise the frustrations. In fact you get this polarization of the two faiths as well as similarities, and of the utter righteousness of its protagonists even if misguided at times. Above all this it is a beautiful film and Julie Sokolowski is a very fine minimalist actress. If I have made it sound serious then it is also humorous and deeply moving and wonderfully directed.
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