TAKE TEN | Lourdes

The best scene, soundtrack and review of Jessica Hausner’s Lourdes.


Name Lourdes.

Birthdate/vintage 2009.

That scene The astonishing opening in which a Lourdes canteen slowly fills with crowds of the faithful and their carers.

Did you see? Léa Seydoux in an early role as a volunteer carer.

Don’t watch it with Your newly atheist teenage cousin.

Listen back to “Felicita” by Al Bano & Romina Power, performed in karaoke by Léa Seydoux over the film’s last, deeply mysterious moments.

Champion One online reviewer on rogerebert.com: “I have never been to Lourdes but it looks like a nice place to visit. The hotel shown in the film looks good”

Antagonist Kyle Smith of the New York Post: “it'll be a real miracle if anyone manages to stay awake throughout this extravagantly dull film”.

Not to be confused with Underwater B-movie Lords of the Deep (1989).

Pair with Émile Zola’s novel Lourdes.


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