Lourdes
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Christine has been confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. In order to escape her isolation, she makes a journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees mountains. She wakes up one morning seemingly cured by a miracle. The leader of the pilgrimage group, a handsome 40-year-old volunteer from the Order of Malta, begins to take an interest in her. She tries to hold on to this newfound chance for happiness, while her cure provokes envy.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the most observant -- and enigmatic -- movies of the year."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Beautifully led by birdlike Sylvie Testud as an ailing young woman in a wheelchair, every character (pilgrim and helper alike) exhibits a soul. And shaped with confident talent by the Austrian filmmaker, every serenely composed shot matters."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Hausner frequently composes pictures in which our view is cut off by a wall, a pillar, or a pilgrim ... but like God's silence, these obstructions remain impenetrable."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Image
"[An] aesthetically and tonally controlled knockout."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"The film was primarily shot on location, which gives it a heaviness, an historic weight, that dominates the movie much more than anything to do with character or plot does."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"In a film rich with provocative questions, Hausner audaciously examines the ambivalent nature of miracles. Are they gifts from a loving God or random occurrences, bereft of any moral or meaning?"
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A paralyzed young woman with MS stands up and walks in Lourdes, but it'll be a real miracle if anyone manages to stay awake throughout this extravagantly dull film."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The withholding of judgment persists across Lourdes, which is comic, haunting, sweet, pious, unsettling, agnostic, and wholly deadpan at various moments."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"An odd, dispassionate religious film that will likely be more powerful for skeptics than true believers, it manages to most strongly suggest the possibility of grace by so clinically observing its opposite."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"This off-centre film looks like a paean to devotion ... and yet Hausner quietly and cleverly undermines this"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A provocative and surprising pleasure that may persuade even the most hardened rationalists to reconsider what religion means as a sanctity to those who have few other choices in life."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Lourdes starts from the unexpected position of believing miracles are possible, but it doesn't paper over the religious and practical problems they raise -- for the blessed and bereft alike."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Movies about miracles range from the awful to the unwatchable... that all changes with Jessica Hausner's Lourdes; it's a visually-striking, beautifully-realised, emotionally-devastating drama that both salutes and skewers the deeply-religious."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Spiritually flawed and often cynical though Hausner's pilgrims undoubtedly are, they're all too recognisably human."
‑ Michael Brooke, Sight and Sound
"Hausner manages and controls our expectations in this superbly subtle, mysterious and brilliantly composed film."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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