Lourdes Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
[Jessica Hausner's] thought experiment is an emotionally potent one.
June 12, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 4, 2011
The withholding of judgment persists across Lourdes, which is comic, haunting, sweet, pious, unsettling, agnostic, and wholly deadpan at various moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
January 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 21, 2010
[An] aesthetically and tonally controlled knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2010
One of the most observant -- and enigmatic -- movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
July 18, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
Michael Brooke
Sight and Sound
July 6, 2010
Spiritually flawed and often cynical though Hausner's pilgrims undoubtedly are, they're all too recognisably human.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 21, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 4, 2010
This off-centre film looks like a paean to devotion ... and yet Hausner quietly and cleverly undermines this
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 1, 2010
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 26, 2010
Hausner manages and controls our expectations in this superbly subtle, mysterious and brilliantly composed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
March 25, 2010
At the heart of the film is Sylvie Testud, one of the most beguiling actresses in the world, and whom I would happily pay to watch do nothing more than sleep for 24 hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
March 25, 2010
A film featuring the kind of compelling, textured female character that most serious Hollywood actresses would trade at least a decade's worth of Botox to get their claws into.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
March 25, 2010
It's beautifully shot, nicely acted and about as dry as comedies get. In fact, it's so dry it might not be a comedy at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 25, 2010
This film is both good and powerful. It saves the God debate, still intact, for another round. It is as magically, richly ambivalent as life itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Mack
Little White Lies
March 25, 2010
A cucumber-cool satire which views the poetry and passion of spiritual faith through a prism of rigid bureaucracy and ruthless logic.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
March 25, 2010
This is meticulously made, knowingly played and disconcertingly subversive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
March 25, 2010
Hausner subtly sketches in the characters involved -- the pilgrims, the carers, the bemused but conscientious resident priest -- and the tensions and jealousies that thrive in Lourdes' hothouse atmosphere, without ever showing her hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 25, 2010
This is as much a subversive black comedy as a reverential treatise on spirituality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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