18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Very touching and thought provoking,
This review is from: Lourdes [DVD] (DVD)
I have been eagerly looking forward to watching this film after reading different points of view about it.
For me I was captivated by it.
Lourdes is very special to me as I have been there on a number of occasions with a friend who is disabled and requires the energy of a companionion to wheel him around (pushing a wheelchair round Lourdes is a great way to get fit!)
Lourdes has that special way of making even the most devout person become very sociable with others after the duties of the day are done, only those who experience Lourdes can understand this, so watching the film I could understand the young carers and helpers in their at times "over the top excitabilities" though many who go to Lourdes in a caring role may question their priorities after watching the film.
The film had a wonderful way of little things making it very watchable, such as Christine's red hat being visible in the crowds and the silences in scenes (Christine enjoying an ice cream sundae, and the wonderful scene in the party after she was left standing with her room companion come to mind.
These scene silences speak amazingly to the watcher, much more than if many words had been spoken, especially if one looks deep into Christines facial expressions.
Great acting all along by Sylvie Testud and Lea Seydoux who plays a very proffesional but cold head of pilgrim care, and to all who made the story a complete delight.
The only question I would ask the director is "where on earth did you find that singer" but he had a great voice (whatever he was singing about) and I think he was quite cool, (and has the same hair style that I have!)
Jessica Hausner (the director) many thanks for this very touching, thought provoking and beautiful cinematic miracle.