Bruno Dumont’s cinematic style has always been sparse. Here it is stripped to its essence.
Juliette Binoche plays the acclaimed sculptor following her most creative period, when her brother, Paul, committed her to an asylum in the South of France. The film details a few days during which he visits her.
Shot in a real psychiatric institution with doctors, nurses and patients playing themselves, it is a powerful work, made more vivid by Binoche’s astonishing central performance. It was nominated for the 2013 Berlin Golden Bear.
★★★★ "Juliette Binoche is compelling" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★ "Binoche provides the beating, tortured heart of this finely wrought and very affecting film" - Mark Kermode, The Observer
★★★★★ "Powerfully moving" - Nigel Andrews, Financial Times