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What Is an Auteur?
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838 Ratings

Hadewijch

Directed by Bruno Dumont
France, 2009
Drama
  • French
  • English
What Is an Auteur?

Synopsis

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.

Our take

Faith is an increasingly neglected theme in contemporary cinema, but not so for Bruno Dumont, who with each film challenges our understanding of modern spirituality. In Hadewijch he continues his search with the experiences of an exiled nun’s encounters with the transience and dangers of devotion.

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A thoughtful piece of raw, austere filmmaking, catering specifically for those interested in serious and adventurous cinema.
February 15, 2012
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Here and in the considerably less naturalistic Hors Satan, Dumont has made two films that, while they provide ample food for discussion, nevertheless remain tantalisingly slippery; it would take a much longer analysis by a critic who was also a theologian to get to grips fully with Hadewijch. Dumont has reaffirmed his status as one of today’s most individual and genuinely uncompromising auteurs.
February 01, 2012
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Dumont seems to share something in common with the perverted old master [Luis Buñuel]. Like Sylvia Pinal’s character in Viridiana (1961), Céline seeks a pious life divorced from men, but when pushed by her own good intentions into an encounter with violence, she awakens from her haze.
April 03, 2010
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