Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 86: Tue Mar 29

Lourdes (Hausner, 2009): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.50pm

This 35mm screening (also being shown on April 7th and 20th) is part of the Big Screen Classics season. You can find all the details here.

Chicago Reader review:
In this austere but often wry French drama (2009), a woman with multiple sclerosis (Sylvie Testud) makes a religious pilgrimage to the title town, where millions have journeyed since the Virgin Mary was reportedly seen there in 1858. The protagonist isn’t particularly devout, going more for social contact than for any hope of a miracle, but when she rises from her wheelchair one day, cured, the incident provokes envy and spite among others in her tour group. Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner uses rigorously formal compositions to echo Christian iconography, though her script focuses on the vexing nature of miracles: are they divine signs, proving that life has meaning, or merely random events, further testing the limits of human endurance?
Andrea Gronvall

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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