What would it be like to step inside a great work of art, have it come alive around you, and even observe the artist as he sketches the very reality you are experiencing? From Lech Majewski, one of Poland's most acclaimed filmmakers, THE MILL & THE CROSS is a cinematic re-staging of Pieter Bruegel's masterpiece "Way to Calvary," presented alongside the story of its creation -- with Rutger Hauer as Bruegel, Michael York as his patron, and Charlotte Rampling as the inspiration for his Virgin Mary.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
In this lush and hypnotic examination of a painter's work and the times in which he lived, Mr. Majewski presents an extended contemplation of the creative process itself.Daniel M. Gold, New York Times, 09.13.2011
Neither conventional costume drama nor abstract objet d'art, this visually ravishing, surprisingly beguiling gamble won't fit any standard arthouse niche.Dennis Harvey, Variety, 09.02.2011
This attempt to explore and dramatize a masterpiece of 16th-century art falls flat.Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter, 09.02.2011
An extraordinary example of both art-historical interpretation and CGI as passport to unknown lands, The Mill and the Cross... is a moving-image tribute to the still image, with its ability to "wrestle the senseless moment to the ground."Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, 09.13.2011