Irish Film Institute -CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915



95 minutes, France, 2013, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema

This film closes on Thursday, July 3rd. 

Previously the subject of a major biopic starring Isabelle Adjani, sculptor Camille Claudel is here portrayed by Juliette Binoche in the first instance of director Bruno Dumont (Hors Satan, 2011) working with an established actor. In all other respects, the film remains unmistakably identifiable as the work of Dumont. Confined by her family to a remote asylum following the breakdown of a long affair with Auguste Rodin, Camille’s days are filled with despondency both at her surroundings and her sense of abandonment. Rather than a broad exploration of her life, the film focuses on a brief period close to the beginning of what would become decades of incarceration.

Austere, rigorous, and challenging, the film also contains moments of poignancy and sympathy for the cruelly mistreated Camille, while Binoche gives a performance that stands out even in her illustrious career.(Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

★★★★ The Guardian, ★★★★ Scannain, ★★★ The Irish Times, ★★★

This film will feature as part of June’s FREE film club meeting, The Critical Take, on Wednesday, June 25th at 18.30. This club is open to all so please join us to chat about this film and more! Simply collect your free ticket at the IFI Box Office.

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