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What Is an Auteur?
3.6
763 Ratings

Hadewijch

Directed by Bruno Dumont
France, 2009
Drama
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.

Hadewijch Directed by Bruno Dumont
A thoughtful piece of raw, austere filmmaking, catering specifically for those interested in serious and adventurous cinema.
February 15, 2012
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Bresson’s 1968 parable Mouchette is unmistakably the primary template for Hadewijch, right up to its watery finale – though Dumont’s tale has a rather different ending from that of Bresson. The exact meaning of that transcendently head-spinning coda – and thus of the entire film – is, however, a matter of opinion and debate.
February 07, 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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