Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen
Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2010)

Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 13, 2010
DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

There was obviously much to this woman, yet somehow Visions feels curiously empty feeling.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Although this true story offers numerous opportunities for skepticism and irony, director Margarethe von Trotta accords Hildegard the respect of a proto-feminist forebear and frames her in golden light like a Vermeer painting.

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John Anderson
America Magazine

It is a memorable, beautiful film.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Vision is shot through with issues of power - personal, political, spiritual. Which makes it a terrifically resonant work.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

It's hard to muster more than curious indifference to Margarethe von Trotta's "Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen."

Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Vision is didactic and a bit stilted-although to be fair, so are most mainstream biopics rehashing historical events more familiar than this one, which presents its subject as a rousing protofeminist.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Barbara Sukowa brings her veteran presence to the role, and nicely fuses its dual nature, holy instrument and holy terror, the passive vessel of a higher power and the active force of the good mother.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

What we have here is the story of a very cool nun from a thousand years ago.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Sukowa gives Hildegard intriguing complexity and an almost irresistible charisma ... but the great [film] about this woman who embraced faith, art, and science is yet to arrive.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Biopic on the life of the fascinating 12th century Bendectine nun who saw visions of God and was also a composer, philosopher, polymath, and a strong-willed… More
Walter M.
"Vision" starts on December 31, 999 with a group of people fearing the end of the world with the Y1K virus, huddled together praying, expecting not to… More

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