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A woman searching for a miracle seemingly finds one -- but what comes next? Christine (Sylvie Testud) has spent most of her life confined to a wheelchair, unable to use her arms and legs, and while she has a keen mind and the means to seek treatment, she looks for a solution to her condition in faith as well as medical science. Christine has made a pilgrimage to Lourdes, the village in Southwestern France where a celebrated miracle is said to have occurred, and she checks into an upscale clinic where a young nurse named Maria (Léa Seydoux) is assigned to look after her. Christine imagines that… More
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
"Adventurous filmgoers will be rewarded by its unusually open-ended storyline."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Hollywood Reporter
"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 [UK]
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