Hadewijch (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bruno Dumont
Produced by Rachid Bouchareb
Muriel Merlin
Written by Bruno Dumont
Starring Julie Sokolowski
Karl Sarafidis
Yassine Salim
Music by Richard Cuvillier
Cinematography Yves Cape
Edited by Guy Lecorne
3B Productions
Distributed by Tadrart Films
Release date
Running time
105 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget € 3.4 million[1]
Box office $62,468[2]

Hadewijch is a 2009 French film directed by Bruno Dumont. It won the International Film Critics' award at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.[3]


Hadewijch (Julie Sokolowski), a young novice Sister, is a fanatic Christian making herself suffer by fasting and standing in the winter rain. The Mother Superior (Brigitte Mayeux-Clergot) expels her deeming her blind faith dangerous. She becomes Céline again, daughter of a Parisian diplomat. She meets a young man named Yassine (played by Yassine Salim), but tells him that she cannot fall in love with him because she is in love with Jesus; she is still a virgin and planning to stay that way.

Scholarly and critical reception[edit]

Critics have noted the influence of Robert Bresson and Mathieu Kassovitz.[4][5] Bruno Dumont has remarked that the comparisons between his work and Robert Bresson are often exaggerated. [6]


  • Julie Sokolowski as Soeur Hadewijch/Céline
  • Yassine Salim as Yassine
  • Karl Sarafidis as Nassir
  • David Dewaele as David
  • Brigitte Mayeux-Clergot as Mother Superior
  • Luc-François Bouyssonie as Céline's father
  • Marie Castelaine as Céline's mother


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