| Original Score: 5/5
One of the most observant -- and enigmatic -- movies of the year.
| Original Score: 3/4
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?
A provocative and surprising pleasure that may persuade even the most hardened rationalists to reconsider what religion means as a sanctity to those who have few other choices in life.
| Original Score: 4/5
Beautifully led by birdlike Sylvie Testud as an ailing young woman in a wheelchair, every character (pilgrim and helper alike) exhibits a soul. And shaped with confident talent by the Austrian filmmaker, every serenely composed shot matters.
| Original Score: A
A paralyzed young woman with MS stands up and walks in Lourdes, but it'll be a real miracle if anyone manages to stay awake throughout this extravagantly dull film.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Adventurous filmgoers will be rewarded by its unusually open-ended storyline.
Jessica Hausner's superbly dry drama, a standout at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, builds in deliberate steps, befitting the thriller it secretly is.
Jessica Hausner, an Austrian working here in French, wants to explore the mysteries of life, not its certainties.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Lourdes ultimately eschews rigorous religious inquiry to study the mechanics of envy and frustrated desire.