Lourdes Reviews

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June 7, 2019
Hausner directs with a kind of tremulous beauty, every frame, every nuance has a kind of gossamer perfection, luring the audience into a kind of spiritual experience all its own.
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.
November 17, 2011
March 4, 2011
The withholding of judgment persists across Lourdes, which is comic, haunting, sweet, pious, unsettling, agnostic, and wholly deadpan at various moments.
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.
November 21, 2010
[An] aesthetically and tonally controlled knockout.
August 13, 2010
One of the most observant -- and enigmatic -- movies of the year.
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.
July 6, 2010
Spiritually flawed and often cynical though Hausner's pilgrims undoubtedly are, they're all too recognisably human.
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.
April 4, 2010
This off-centre film looks like a paean to devotion ... and yet Hausner quietly and cleverly undermines this
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?
March 26, 2010
Hausner manages and controls our expectations in this superbly subtle, mysterious and brilliantly composed film.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 25, 2010
This is meticulously made, knowingly played and disconcertingly subversive.
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