A young woman cast out from the convent encounters two Muslim men who separately challenge her understanding of love, religious devotion and sense of self in this cinematic meditation on the boundaries of faith in contemporary culture.
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The obvious comparison is not Bresson, but 'The Sound of Music'. Captain von Trapp is in prison, but always there and invisible. She believes that God is guiding her, and doesn't exercise free will. Dumont is always provocative, so the movie is unpredictable. There is much left for interpretation, which is why he's such a great filmmaker.
i'm a fan of dumont's films & while i did enjoy this i was left disappointed. the muslim characters are incredibly underwritten. the terrorism angle seemed entirely spurious, an outsider exploiting the cache of extremism to furnish his philosophical/theological agonising. not without its moments tho. also needs pointing out that the version shown on mubi was not the 120min version but the 100min
Here is a film I've grappled with since seeing it and it has since won me over. I don't think I'll forget it. Also what is the name of that band that plays with the accordion I remember moving back in forth rocking out in my seat quietly in a theater. Prob. my favorite captured performance by a band in any film I just love the way they shot that..
Amazing. Bruno Dumont keeps an outstanding quality in his cinema, and this film is no exception. While downgrading sex and violence in this film, he has kept the element of alienation and spirituality that permeates his ouvre and through a slow pacing, he has reached the transcendence of the subject matter. One of my top 3 Dumont films.
Con los acontecimientos recientes de Charlie Hebdo, nos muestra esa realidad actual de la problemática de migración en este entorno global y cómo ciertas acciones del occidentetienen repercusiones inusitadas. Una película contemplativa que lo más interesante viene en la reflexión. Tengo 5 años de haberla visto y al leer noticias acerca de jóvenes occidentales que se marchan a luchar con ISIS pensé en Hadewijch.
For someone who has no faith Dumont seems obsessed with it. So many of his films deal with religion and yet he has nothing interesting to say, he just uses religion to provoke, but to me that's so passe. People of the persuasion who are easily led will fall under the same spell of politics, the media, society, racism etc etc. Our human nature to follow and be part of something will be there with or without religion.