Hadewijch Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 19, 2012
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.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
February 17, 2012
The script's central paradox - that dogmatic believers are the most adept at switching allegiance - is arresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
February 17, 2012
Challenging, thought provoking and extraordinarily powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 16, 2012
Dumont has an unique ability to create enigmatic, contemporary parables that get under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
February 15, 2012
Hadewijch is a thoughtful piece of raw, austere filmmaking, catering specifically for those interested in serious and adventurous cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 12, 2012
A controversial exploration of different faiths. Newcomer Julie Sokolowski shows her mettle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
February 6, 2012
The opaque Sokolowski is a real discovery, and this mysterious film builds to its climactic act of salvation...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 31, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 29, 2010
From would-be nun to fundamentalist accomplice is the unlikely but nonetheless absorbing premise of this stately spiritual study.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 24, 2010
Should delight Dumont's fans. For others, it will take a bit of getting used to. The effort will prove to be worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
December 23, 2010
It's a beautiful and mysterious work with a rhythm all its own.
Armond White
New York Press
December 22, 2010
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.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 21, 2010
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.
Barbara Goslawski
Boxoffice Magazine
December 21, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
December 19, 2010
Religious obsession meets raging teen hormones and an irrepressible desire for a date with the deity. And not always with dramatic clarity, while decidedly on the pathological when not celibate kooky erotic side.
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Justin Chang
July 6, 2010
An austere, deeply questioning examination of a devout young woman having an intense crisis of faith.
Kent Turner
October 12, 2009
Lucid and startling
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 9, 2009
An austere and powerful French film about the dangers of religious zealotry and the mysteries of divine grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 11, 2009
In the tradition of Carl Dreyer, Robert Bresson and Ingmar Bergman, Hadewijch is about the dilemma of modern spirituality.
| Original Score: 3/4
Adam Nayman
September 12, 2008
Dumont's patient, suggestive approach transcends mere provocation: this is a film about absence with some real weight to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

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February 21, 2012
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 24, 2010
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