Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen Reviews
Vision would be an opinion on Faust. Not even Goethe's original but rather the analysis performed by some crazy scholar from Stuttgart.
Vision is a pretty good movie but not something to watch on a Saturday night. It's dry and complicated plus it's in German. So I not only had to pay attention but also read, two things that I don't do particularly well.
The film deals with a nun that was way ahead of her time. In some ways you could say she was an early feminist. She was not fearful, she was independent and was interested and knowledgeable.
Of course this meant she had to fight everybody, starting with the far more retrograde priests and bishops around her.
It's truly amazing that it's news that the Pope has spoken in favor of condoms - in the bloody 21st century - and we see this as progress.
In the meantime, a nun in medieval Germany was teaching, learning and admiring Islamic libraries 1000 years ago.
I bet she would have laughed at creationists.
Good film albeit the academic undertones.
Trotta with superb performances by all. . Hildegard of Bingen was a tour de force of prophecy, healing, and herbalism who challenged the church's social structure at a time when heresy was a life-threatening endeavor.Still, her devotion to nature and its' healing aspects won favor amongst her community to which she gained many followers. Hildegard of Bingen was a fascinating and courageous woman and "Vision" is a touching tribute to her legacy.
Into this world of ignorance walks Hildegard von Bingen(Barbara Sukowa) who at the age of eight is given over to the care of a cloister. 30 years later and she is about to be appointed magistra but claims ill health and anyway her fellow nuns should vote for her which they do almost unanimously. Along with her spiritual duties, she becomes interested in medicine and studies how music can also be used to heal the body. And then the visions kick in which she confesses to Brother Volmar(Heino Ferch), resulting with her being threatened with the charge of heresy.
Written and directed by Margarethe von Trotta, "Vision" is an engaging look at an amazing woman who was way ahead of her time, depicted not as a saint, but as a flawed human being. With the exception of the Arabic world, the Church had most of the accumulated learning which Hildegard used her skills to negotiate access to for her and her nuns. With this learning, she started the slow walk out of the dark ages into a new world of knowledge. And part of that comes with having respect for and knowledge of the body.(Unless you're getting off on it, I have never understood self-flagellation.)
All people involved did their jobs well ... actors, director, ...
The script, however, lacks a bit of a real "story" that could fill the whole of the movie - a general problem with biographical movies in my opinion.
So only 3 out of 5 stars.