The Mill and the Cross (2011)

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Submerging oneself in Lech Majewski’s The Mill and the Cross is a fascinating and totally original experience.

This drama starring Rutger Hauer, Charlotte Rampling and Michael York brings to life the painting “The Procession to Calvary” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Painted in 1564, Bruegel’s masterpiece depicts Christ carrying the Cross set in a large landscape. Christ’s suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in the 16th century. You can admire the painting here.

Director Majewski takes inspiration from Michael Francis Gibson’s book, “The Mill and the Cross”, a detailed analysis of the painting, published in 1996.

A mesmerising piece of cinema.


You can find more information on this Polish-Swedish co-production on Wikipedia and IMDb. Ignore the IMDb rating – the masses are not to be trusted!

As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:


Title: The Mill and the Cross

Language: English

Direction: Lech Majewski

Screenplay: Michael Francis Gibson, Lech Majewski

Cinematography: Lech Majewski, Adam Sikora

Editing: Eliot Ems, Norbert Rudzik

Score: Lech Majewski, Józef Skrzek

Stars: Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling, Joanna Litwin, Dorota Lis


Full Acting Cast and Roles



  1. Wow! I’ve never seen anything quite like that trailer. You always find films we seem to have missed. Keep them coming x

  2. Ps: don’t know how u found me, but the timing is perfect. Thanx . I really need your blog, I’m über tired of stupid / movies I already saw.

  3. Thank you. I must see this film. Fascinating to me, to live inside Bruegel’s painting. Brilliant premise.

  4. Hi, I saw this film a couple of months ago. I loved the colors and atmosphere, and the art historian enjoyed the historical detail. But though I am tolerant of the strange, I did find it a bit difficult to ‘hang on’. Maybe I need to see it again 😉 Like your selection overall though!

  5. Thank you so much for following my blog, Shimky 😉
    I am returning the favor and following, I absolutely adore movies, and it seems that you’re really looking at some great examples! Might just inspire my future movie-choices 😀

  6. Oh my…not a typical blockbuster, junk food movie for the masses… I can’t wait to see this!
    Thanks for stopping by my Post.

  7. I had never heard of this movie until I read your blog. I watched in awe. I could listen to Rutger Hauer (Bruegel) telling the story of his painting for hours.

  8. This looks and sounds quite interesting. Probably watch it sometime soon this week! Thanks for the post or I probably would have never heard of it!

  9. OMG this LOOKS incredible…again a another film that has quietly avoided my radar. Will definitely watch even if just for the visuals….

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