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  • Summary: Hadewijch, a novice nun, shocks the mother superior of her convent with her ecstatic blind faith, and is kicked out of the order. Hadewijch becomes Celine again, a young Parisian girl and daughter of a diplomat, and is led down dangerous paths in the real world, balancing between grace and madness in her rage and passionate love for God. (IFC Films) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jan 6, 2011
    100
    Dumont makes movies that almost nobody wants to see. That doesn't make him a great filmmaker, but he's a great filmmaker all the same.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 23, 2010
    90
    Bruno Dumont's Hadewijch is one of two small-release art films this season that deliver nuanced and fascinating portraits of faith.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 25, 2010
    90
    If Hadewijch is Mr. Dumont's most overtly religious film, it is not pro-faith in any specific way, although the director clearly respects the religious impulse.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 22, 2010
    80
    There's a darker, fanatical side to blindness too-and this is the movie to show it. Leave all judgments behind.
  5. Reviewed by: Barbara Goslawski
    Dec 22, 2010
    80
    As in "L'Humanité" and "Twentynine Palms," the director presents a cogent study of emotional excess with a sure handed control that harkens back to Robert Bresson.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Dec 25, 2010
    75
    An exploration of the power of religion -- should delight Dumont's fans. For others, it will take a bit of getting used to. The effort will prove to be worthwhile.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 11, 2011
    38
    Dumont's fans might find this latest exercise enjoyable, but his style of filmmaking is an acquired taste. I doubt those without that taste are going to acquire it here.

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