Like Carl Dreyer and Robert Bresson, the French filmmaker Bruno Dumont is an austere stylist who employs extreme close-ups to probe and reveal the inner spirituality of his characters. Exploring the fine line between martyrdom, fanaticism, faith, and delusion, Dumont's provocative new film focuses on Céline, a naive young novice and fervent devotee of the medieval mystic Hadewijch, who is expelled from the convent for engaging in extreme acts of piety. Forced to return to the secular world of her wealthy parents, lost and vulnerable, Céline drifts around Paris, her vow of chastity intact, until a chance encounter with Yassine, a young Muslim from the suburbs, opens the door to a dangerous new world. "Every shot in the movie is an exquisitely rendered tableau that conveys the mysteries of life as contemplated by Céline."-Stephen Holden, The New York Times.
Bing Theater | $10 general admission. $7 museum members, seniors (62+), students with valid ID.