The Mill and the Cross
The Mill and the Cross (2011)

What would it be like to step inside a great work of art, have it come alive around you, and even observe the artist as he sketches the very reality you are experiencing? Lech Majewski brings to life Pieter Bruegel's masterpiece The Way… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 16, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

We almost feel that we ourselves have accomplished something just by being around while Bruegel doodled.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

The Mill & the Cross invites us to inhabit a work of art along with the mind of the man who made it and to be enthralled by the images shared in vivid tableaux by visionary Polish director Lech Majewski.

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Dan Jardine

The Mill and the Cross provides a sort of stoner's take on Bruegel's masterpiece, if the stoner happens to be a scholar with expertise in the work of the genius painter.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"The Mill and the Cross" might not be perfect, but it's stimulating, hypnotic and, in its unique way, exciting.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

What hangs before us is so striking, beautiful, strange, vast, horrifying, ethereal, lifelike - so alive - that we're desperate to enter the other side of the canvas, to be inside the painting.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Both painting and film are brought to vivid, extraordinary life by the power of the artist's will: This is Intelligent Design we can believe in.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

The Mill and the Cross may thrill you. But be prepared for a fight. Twenty minutes in, your companion may throw up his or her arms and complain, "This is like watching a painting dry."

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If you see no more than the opening shots, you will never forget them.

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Visually, it's a lavish dreamscape. But come prepared. This immersive and mostly nonverbal art tour of history could lead to an evening of regret.

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Carlos Magalh„es
What a truly remarkable accomplishment in terms of jaw-dropping visuals, but the problem is that Cinema is not Painting, and so Majewski is unable to transpose… More
Walter M.
In "The Mill and The Cross," the day starts like any other, centuries past in Flanders, as people go about their business and the mill which stands… More
Greg S
This unusual art movie illustrates the story behind Pieter Bruegel's 1564 painting "The Way to Calvary," describing the stories of some of the… More
Alec Barniskis
Its most comparable with the first act of Stephen Sondheim's musical 'Sunday in the Park with George', where we meet the characters in a famous… More
Mark Hobin
What would it be like to step into a great work of art and experience the lives on the people within? That's the idea behind The Mill and the Cross a… More