Thursday, 24 January 2019
Glad I bought this movie!
It's a very, very, very fine piece of cinema. Beautifully shot, good acting (from what I can tell - it's in German, after all), compelling story... though I liked 'The Novitiate' a lot too, I would argue that this is an even finer film in some regards.
St. Hildegard, in her life, had to tolerate a lot of patriarichal bullshit from male clergy in regards to the legitimacy of her mystical experiences, and this is a good feminist piece too.
My only beef is I found the ending a bit abrupt, and would have liked to see her life story continue. It's almost as though I want to see a follow up film, where it describes the remainder of her life. But it wasn't a dreadful ending... it just left me wanting more.
I honestly don't know how most people could obtain this film - maybe one could rent it online somewhere? I had to buy it through a religious goods bookstore, of course. But it's worth trying to track it down.