Hadewijch

For controversial French filmmaker Bruno Dumont (Life of Jesus; Twentynine Palms), “mysticism takes us to areas that are beyond questions of reason….It takes us to an area that is very close to cinema, and I think that cinema is capable of exploring that area and expressing it.” An exploration of mysticism and faith as it applies in the modern world, Hadewijch follows a young former nun, driven out of a convent for her over-intense belief, as she re-enters the world. Seeking out God's presence, and more to the point, his love, she finds little to believe in until she meets two Arab brothers, one of whom, like her, is seeking God's grace. “God isn't absent,” the man reminds her. “He is invisible.” How this couple, one Catholic, one Muslim, both devoted, make their God visible forms the crux of this becalmed, at times cryptic film, which has already earned comparisons to the works of Bresson and Dreyer.

This page may by only partially complete. For additional information about this film, view the original entry on our archived site.