Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 03, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

Lourdes

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
99 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/17/10
performer
Sylvie Testud
director
Jessica Hausner
author
Jessica Hausner
genre
Foreign Language

We gave it an A

Set in the world-famous French site that draws millions of Roman Catholic pilgrims each year looking for ease of hurting bodies and spirits, Jessica Hausner’s quietly funny, seriously attentive, and altogether remarkable French-language drama Lourdes examines the down-?to-earth complications of what might well be a miracle. Beautifully led by birdlike Sylvie Testud as an ailing young woman in a wheelchair, every character (pilgrim and helper alike) exhibits a soul. And shaped with confident talent by the Austrian filmmaker, every serenely composed shot matters. A

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