DFT @ Home | Lourdes
(France/2019—directed by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai)
Lourdes: A stunningly beautiful mountainous village in the Southwest foothills of the Pyrenees went from a sleepy scenic town to a sacred wonder after 1858, when a 14-year-old peasant girl claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a remote grotto. Today, the town is second only to Paris in the number of annual visitors (6 million); Lourdes is part venerated shrine, part souvenir-stocked Disneyland, but most of all it is a beyond-words sliver of genuine hope for the hurt, the sick, the dying.
Vast processions of people seeking an ultimate miracle are accompanied by a small army of caregivers who understand the promise of this destination. These pilgrims are a surprising cross-section of humanity: accident victims, the terminally ill, an overweight, bullied teenager, a contingent of aging Parisian prostitutes, the lonely, the frightened, the curious, the despairing.
A unique, quietly powerful, generous-spirited documentary, Lourdes is above all an insightful and memorable meditation on the human capacity for empathy and hope, and the mystery of, and longing for, transcendent religious faith in the face of profound tribulation. In French with English subtitles. (92 minutes)
“A deep immersion into a pilgrimage. Intensely heart-wrenching... powerfully and beautifully filmed.”– Heidi Ellison, Paris Update
“Immersive and deeply moving. You’ll feel like you’ve been to the French town that has become one of the most important religious pilgrimage destinations in the world.”– Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
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