CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 / CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915
2012, Colour, France, World Greats
Original language : french
Subtitles language : english
Bruno Dumont, Basile Belkhiri
Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Robert Leroy, Emmanuel Kauffman, Marion Keller, Armelle Leroy-Rolland
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Winter, 1915 Camille Claudel bends down once again to pick up a stone and examine it. It’s almost as if we are watching a sculptor at work: in her mind she appears to be transforming this simple piece of rock into something new. But then she drops the stone, never to create again. Obsessed with the idea that she is being persecuted by those who envy her -- as well as by her former lover, Auguste Rodin -- Camille's behaviour has prompted her family to commit her to a psychiatric clinic in the south of France where she waits for a visit from her beloved brother, the writer Paul Claudel.
"The idea of severe French formalist Bruno Dumont taking on a costume biopic, and with a major star in the lead to boot, initially seemed an aberration, perhaps the auteur equivalent of Dylan going electric. As it turns out, CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915, a measured, moving account of a brief period in the later life of the troubled sculptress, could hardly be the work of anyone else, with its sparseness of technique and persistent spiritual curiosity. Juliette Binoche’s mesmerizing lead turn may earn this wider distribution than Dumont’s last few films..." -- Guy Lodge (Variety)
Born in Bailleul, France in 1958, Bruno Dumont studied philosophy and taught for several years before becoming a filmmaker in 1986. He directed commercials, documentaries and promotional shorts before making Paris (Paris) in 1993, followed, a year later, by Marie et Freddy. He made his feature debut in 1997 with THE LIFE OF JESUS and two years later won the Special Jury Grand Prize at Cannes with HUMANITY, both films shown at the MWFF. He has since directed FLANDERS (2006), HADEWIJCH (2009) and OUTSIDE SATAN (2011).
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