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Hadewijch, a novice nun, shocks the mother superior of her convent with her ecstatic blind faith, and is kicked out of the order. Hadewijch becomes Celine again, a young Parisian girl and daughter of a diplomat, and is led down dangerous paths in the real world, balancing between grace and madness in her rage and passionate love for God. -- (C) IFC

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

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"You either go with Dumont's arrogant series of conundrums and paradoxes or - as I do - you see them as mere meaningless 'effects' with little rhyme and no reason."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's a beautiful and mysterious work with a rhythm all its own."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Dumont's elliptical movie is as stiff as an over-starched wimple and rather tedious, but like earlier films of his it has something that sticks in the mind like the hook in a fish's mouth."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"As the credits rolled I was both bamboozled and disappointed. I suspect you will be too."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"Though Dumont sets a painstakingly slow pace, Céline's story feels maddeningly incomplete, and vague both in theological and psychological terms"
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"Dumont, as if trying to make sure nobody wants to see his movie, named it after a female Flemish poet from the 13th century, but - please read the rest of this sentence - the movie is set in modern times."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"With Hadewijch, [Dumont] endorses something like the Dardenne brothers' rugged, squalid secular humanism, offering the barrier-breaking embrace as vague alternative to Despair, Church, or Capital."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"The script's central paradox - that dogmatic believers are the most adept at switching allegiance - is arresting."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"The film never takes us in far enough."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Hadewijch is a thoughtful piece of raw, austere filmmaking, catering specifically for those interested in serious and adventurous cinema."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Should delight Dumont's fans. For others, it will take a bit of getting used to. The effort will prove to be worthwhile."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Dumont suppresses any information that could bring any of his stick-figure characters to life; he seems to be offering lessons about fanaticism, wealth, power, poverty, and politics, but is merely drawing connections by numbers."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Challenging, thought provoking and extraordinarily powerful."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Dumont has an unique ability to create enigmatic, contemporary parables that get under your skin."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A controversial exploration of different faiths. Newcomer Julie Sokolowski shows her mettle."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
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