Lourdes takes us deep inside one of the world's most popular religious shrines. Taking its pace and shape from the discreetly commodified rituals that enable thousands of pilgrims to visit every day, the film leaves one touched with a lingering impression of having travelled there oneself. At once coolly formal and imbued with mystery, it's a curious and haunting film. We focus on Christine (Sylvie Testud), a pretty, likeable woman confined to a wheelchair by multiple sclerosis. She's with an organised tour group, led by the severe Cecile, and tended by volunteers. For Christine a visit to Lourdes is, above all, a chance to get out and about, but something in this strangely becalmed place and its orderly mass of the sad and hopeful brings about a change in her.
1hr 36mins long