Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen
Margarethe von Trotta
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Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist. In VISION, New German Cinema auteur Margarethe von Trotta reunites with recurrent star Barbara Sukowa to bring the story of this extraordinary woman to life. In a staggering performance, Sukowa portrays Hildegard’s fierce determination to expand the responsibilities of women within the order, even as she fends off outrage from some in the Church over the visions she claims to receive from God. Lushly shot in original medieval cloisters of the fairytale-like German countryside, VISION is a profoundly inspirational portrait of a woman who has emerged from the shadows of history as a forward-thinking and iconoclastic pioneer of faith, change and enlightenment.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 37
- Fresh: 30
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Sukowa makes Hildegard a likable and charismatic woman who risks a great deal to do good in an environment that leaves women little room for self-expression. Her intelligence and enthusiasm make her a proto-feminist force to be reckoned with.
Fresh: [A] superbly rendered and deeply absorbing religious drama...
Fresh: Vision is more immediate and immersive when dealing in the jealous attachments among sisters; when circumstance and politics tear Richardis from Hildegard, Sukowa's performance rears to towering heights of abjection.
Rotten: There was obviously much to this woman, yet somehow Visions feels curiously empty feeling.
This is such a beautiful film.
fantastic and inspiring movie
full of great insights and inspiration.
A breath of fresh air on ITUNES
Very well done and interesting movie. I hope ITUNES offers more "saintly movies" like this and realizes there is a market and people will spend their money on movies which inspire them. There are so many saint movies produced by Ignatius Press which hopefully we will watch on Itunes someday....God Willing.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2010
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