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Jessica Hausner's (Lovely Rita, Hotel) third feature tells the story of a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Among the pilgrims are sufferers of various illnesses as well as others in good health. They undertake the journey in hope of finding spiritual comfort or bodily cure. Sylvie Testud (La Vie en Rose) takes the central role of Christine, a multiple sclerosis sufferer and religious sceptic, who travels more for companionship than in hope of a miracle. But as the trip develops, her lack of faith is tested with the hope of a new life, whilst, around her, the affectations and jealousies of the assorted entourage of religious officials and fellow sufferers are being exposed.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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i know whats it like as i have been to Lourdes 9 times. its a very moving film. it brings tears to the eyes.Published 1 month ago by Michael A
Having been on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in the late 50's I was interested in seeing this film primarily to see how things may have changed over the years. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Max
This is sensitive, and not what I expected. It is a good lesson for anyone who goes to Lourdes. Lourdes is to get close to yourself, others and God.Published on 29 Jun. 2014 by Miles Alura
I'm not expecting Yamaha 750 trials bike to burst through the scenery and spray its muck everywhere but a little bit of plot would have gone a long way. Read morePublished on 3 April 2014 by Dan Smith
A French film with English subtitles. As well as the story line there are good views of Lourdes, which is at the foot of the Pyrenees. Read morePublished on 13 April 2012 by Tony R
Having been impressed with Austrian film maker Jessica Hausner's 'Hotel' and 'Lovely Rita'my hopes were high for 'Lourdes'. If anything I found Lourdes even more fascinating. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2012 by Mr. G. R. Diggines
Lourdes is the kind of film that gets under your skin whether you like it or not. The kind that brings to the surface so much repressed yearning. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2012 by Philoctetes