Lourdes

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Lourdes

Directed by Jessica Hausner

  • Austria, France, Germany 2009; 99 min
  • Original version: French
  • Genre: Drama
    • Brian Award, FIPRESCI Prize, SIGNIS Award, Sergio Trasatti Award - Venice FF
    • Best Actress - European Film Awards
    • Best Film Editing - Austrian Film Award
    • Best Feature - Viennale
    • Best Foreign Film - Guldbagge Awards
    • Best Cinematography - RiverRun IFF
    • Golden Giraldillo - Seville European FF
    • Grand Prix, Warsaw Award - Warsaw IFF

Synopsis

Christine is a wheelchair-using woman with severe multiple sclerosis. In order to escape her isolation, she makes a journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of Catholic pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains, along with other people with varying disabilities. During her stay she begins to regain the use of her limbs. This is in contrast with others, who appear to have stronger faith than Christine but experience only slight, passing improvement. Her fellow pilgrims are eager to call it a miracle; however, as the pilgrimage draws to a close, exactly how accurate a claim this is becomes uncertain.

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