rating:1.5I was lured to polish artist/filmmaker Lech Majewskis art house film through pure cinematic experimental intrigue: exactly how would a director translate a film into a painting? Sure its kinda been attempted before with Barry Lyndons lurid aesthetic palette that resulted in oil painting perfection. But in The Mill and the Cross, (which uses Pieter Bruegels 1564 painting The Procession to Calvary as the source material for re-staging various key events) a combination of green-screen wizardry, location shoots and vast matte backdrops would be spliced together in an attempt to get even closer to a filmic painting effect. Unfortunately what might have been an interesting experiment doesnt actually translate into engaging cinema. Minimal dialogue (the first 30 minutes consists of nothing more than the sound of grinding gears, squeaky mills and fumbling children) and a badly cast Rutger Hauer as the intricate painter and analyser add nothing but boredom to proceedings. Then Charlotte Rampling and Michael York come onto the scene and invoke some quaint, theatrical prestige to various restaged stories...but little else. The Mill and the Cross may provide a somewhat hypnotic appeal that could be mildly diverting to some but will more than likely leave most minds stagnated. Devoid of humour this pure art flick is aesthetically beautiful but lacks any worthwhile connection with its audiences to recommend it.