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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
Dec 24, 2010 Limited
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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.
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.
Should delight Dumont's fans. For others, it will take a bit of getting used to. The effort will prove to be worthwhile.
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.
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.
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.
The script's central paradox - that dogmatic believers are the most adept at switching allegiance - is arresting.
As the credits rolled I was both bamboozled and disappointed. I suspect you will be too.
Dumont has an unique ability to create enigmatic, contemporary parables that get under your skin.
Though Dumont sets a painstakingly slow pace, Céline's story feels maddeningly incomplete, and vague both in theological and psychological terms
Hadewijch is a thoughtful piece of raw, austere filmmaking, catering specifically for those interested in serious and adventurous cinema.
A controversial exploration of different faiths. Newcomer Julie Sokolowski shows her mettle.
The opaque Sokolowski is a real discovery, and this mysterious film builds to its climactic act of salvation...
From would-be nun to fundamentalist accomplice is the unlikely but nonetheless absorbing premise of this stately spiritual study.
Hadewijch goes from austere images of a wintry world to remarkably beautiful images of post-rainfall lushness. From desolation to revelation, humanism becomes visible in every living thing.
The story of a young girl's spiritual devotion and the distorted manifestations of faith that follow, Hadewijch maintains the cool reserve that has made director Bruno Dumont famous.
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