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Vision

· ​The film ·

The film is coming to an end, there are only a few minutes to go. The story of Hildegard of Bingen from her childhood to her maturity has already been told, outlining the crucial points of her human and spiritual development, especially in her relations with the Church of her time, and yet in the film Vision [Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen] (2009) by the German director Margarethe von Trotta the final word has yet to be spoken. To the monk Volmar (Heino Ferch) who asks her, after her umpteenth health crisis which seemed fatal, “What did the angels tell you?”, Hildegard (masterfully and suavely interpreted by Barbara Sukowa) replies: “They said to me ‘Arise, your work is not yet done”. And before the man’s perplexed gaze, she adds: “I shall go on a journey preaching”. “You will travel in order to preach? Do you know what this involves?”. “I do know. It is unheard of. I shall be the first woman”. (@GiuliGaleotti)

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