Lourdes (film)

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Lourdes poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Jessica Hausner
Produced by Philippe Bober
Martin Gschlacht
Susanne Marian
Written by Jessica Hausner
Starring Sylvie Testud
Léa Seydoux
Bruno Todeschini
Elina Löwensohn
Cinematography Martin Gschlacht
Edited by Karina Ressler
Distributed by Sophie Dulac Distribution (France)
Release dates
  • 5 September 2009 (2009-09-05) (Venice)
  • 11 September 2009 (2009-09-11) (Austria)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Austria
Language French

Lourdes is a 2009 film directed by Jessica Hausner. It stars Sylvie Testud, Léa Seydoux, Bruno Todeschini and Elina Löwensohn. It received the 2009 Vienna International Film Festival's Vienna Film Prize for Best Film.[1]


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.


Critical response[edit]

"The remarkable coup of the film is that it can be taken either as a testament to the power of faith or as a subtle undermining of it." The Independent[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Hausner's Lourdes wins Viennale best film award. Screen daily.com, 4 November 2009.
  2. ^ Short review , FIVEBEST Films, The Independent, 19 April 2010
  3. ^ http://www.uaar.it/uaar/premio-uaar-venezia/2009/

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