Synopsis: The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris. Céline meets her outcast Muslim teenage friend Yassine Chikh on the streets and they hang around together. The Céline tells that he is only his friend since she is committed with God and will stay virgin since her body belongs to God. Yassine introduces Céline to his older brother and religious leader Nassir Chikh and he invites the teenage girl to participate in his religious seminars. However, Nassir is actually a terrorist and the confused Céline is the perfect tool for his cell.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Bruno Dumont
Production: IFC Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
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105 min


Then I heard a terrible voice

speaking to me like a ghost

"Behold who I am!"

And I saw him whom I sought.

His Countenance revealed itself

with such clarity

that I recognized in it all the countenances

and all the forms that ever existed

wherefrom he received honor and service in all right

I saw why each one must receive his part

in damnation and in blessing

I saw how each one must

be set in his place

why some wander away from him

and return to him again

and why others wander and never return

and how some remained standing entirely still

and almost devoid of consolation at all times.

And others have remained in their

place since childhood

have known themselves at their worth,

and have held out to the end.

I recognized all these beings

there in that Countenance.

In his right hand I saw

the gifts of his blessing

and I saw in this hand Heaven opened,

and all those who will be with him eternally.

In his left hand I saw the sword of the fearful stroke

with which he strikes all down to death.

In this hand I saw Hell

and all its eternal company.

I have to speak to you for a moment


You no longer eat?

I am abstaining, Mother.

Abstinence, but not martyrdom.

Here, eat this. Go on.

I noticed a few weeks ago and I tried to

moderate her excessive behavior, but

you've seen, she deprives herself of food

and protection from the cold

is she keeps this up she is going to die.

She is strongly bound to

this behavior

and I think it is a certain,

manifestation of His love

It is necessary, for her sake

to rediscover the outside world

the world will give her more opportunities

than the monastery, to prove her love to God.

Opportunities not of her choosing.


It isn't necessary

to be detached from the world.

in order to be with God.

Go get her.

- Hello.

- Hi.

You don't obey.

you reject the rules,

but the rules protect us

and guide us.

You have no humility.

For the moment, for me,

you are a caricature of religion.

God is not there.

It is out of the question right now

for you to speak your vows,

and for you to stay here.

Return to the world.

Who knows?

in the practice of everyday life

your real life

your true desires, your true self

could perhaps be revealed.

Go on, the convent doors will

never be closed to you.

Winter has come

the unknown mother

pushes me even more the sadness of her face

that you are well loved, and close to us

there is no reason for your sadness.

Doing well, I told you it is complete

We are always here

also the richness of your word.

it is perfect, and perhaps

you have it yourself.

Ah you're back?

How's it going?

What's up?

- How much?

- Three months at least, I don't know...

what about probation?

- Papa has signed...

- Bitch!


Not there

listen, have a great day

Thanks, Dad.




Come here, dog!


Good. Come!

Do you want some?

Such a good dog..

Drink some water.


Ok dog.

Stay there.

Everything alright?

Just well, my darling.

- Thank you Miss.

- Oh no thanks.

Thank you very much.


- Are you alone?

- Yes.

Then I invite you to have a drink with us


We are nice.

Ah, how kind, thanks.

- This is Yassine.

- A pleasure.

This is Mahmoud, and

I am Mahmet, And you?


Cline, ah okay.

- Are you from Paris?

- Yes.

You are cute, it's normal.

Apart from that,

what do you do here?

- I'm a student.

- Cool.

- What are you studying?

- Theology.

That's Religion right?

- Yes

- Oh, okay.

- So you're a believer then?

- Yes.

But no cross?

- Pardon.

- But no cross?

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Bruno Dumont

Bruno Dumont (French: [dymɔ̃]; born 14 March 1958) is a French film director and screenwriter. To date, he has directed ten feature films, all of which border somewhere between realistic drama and the avant-garde. His films have won several awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Two of Dumont's films have won the Grand Prix award: both L'Humanité (1999) and Flandres (2006). Dumont's Hadewijch won the 2009 Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival. more…

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