Vision – **

Posted: September 13, 2011 in 2009, biopic, Germany, XX

On almost every tour in Germany, I mention Hildegard von Bingen. I talk about her when we pass Bingen during the Rhine commentary where her monastery was. And I talk about her in Boppard and Koblenz where you can see references to her in the churches.  But, to be honest, I didn’t really know that much of her.

But now there’s a movie! And it’s actually not a bad one. It’s a historical movie and if you’re not interested in a feminist nun with visions who lived 900 years ago, then this is not the movie for you. If you have heard about her, you’ll appreciated this low budget movie.

So who is this Hildegard? Well, she was a very innovative and influential abbess who had visions and wrote them down. She also composed music and wrote books about medicine. A real feminist as well, who stood up to the abbots. She founded her own monastery and corresponded with the most important people of the time, such as Barbarossa and Bernard de Clairveau.

My only problem with the movie is that it was too much 2010 and not that much 1010.  It’s of course difficult to re-create the atmosphere of a time so long ago, but still. I felt like she just wore too much make up for the time when she lived. I did like the fact that they don’t show her as a saint, but as a human with several issues. She’s represented as being very dominant actually and eager to shine and be respected. There are even moments of lesbo-eroticism in it and a big focus on envy. It makes you wonder why Madonna didn’t make this movie?

But again, I only recommend it to people (like my colleagues) who want to know a bit about her life and don’t feel like reading a biography.


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