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"A famed city of healing, Lourdes offers hope to countless Christian pilgrims who seek miracles. Not particularly pious herself, Christine, a wheelchair-bound young woman, takes trips with a church group mostly to escape her solitary life. Though she finds Lourdes touristy, Christine is conveyed to grottos, baths, and ceremonies by her roommate, a devout older woman, and the starchy group leader, Cecile. Do both sense a miracle?
With pitch-perfect sincerity, filmmaker Jessica Hausner nestles Lourdes between religious satire and redemption story. Though she delights in the comical (Lourdes has an office of miracle certification), Hausner is driven by curiosity, not cynicism. She approaches the subject of miracles less interested in whether they’re real than in what they awake in us. In Hausner’s Lourdes, the eternal mystery goes unrevealed, but the human spirit abides. As one woman ponders, “If God is not in charge, who is?”, to which a friend replies, “Do you think there’ll be a dessert?” - Sundance Film Festival. Written & Directed by Jessica Hausner. With Sylvie Testud, Elina Löwensohn, Bruno Todeschini, and Léa Seydoux. In French with English subtitles. Austria/France, 2009, 35mm. Running time: 99 mins.
"GRADE A. A quietly funny, seriously attentive, and altogether remarkable French-language drama" - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly.
"One of the pleasures of this intelligent, rigorously thoughtful, somewhat sly film is that it takes place in the space between the inexplicable (no explanation is possible) and the unexplained (enlightenment might be around the corner)" - MANOHLA DARGIS Manohla Dargis, New York Times.