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Let the Sunshine In

Un beau soleil intérieur

Director Claire Denis gives a wry account of an artist’s search for love, in this witty black comedy starring Juliette Binoche.


Dir Claire Denis
Prod Olivier Delbosc
Scr Christine Angot, Claire Denis
With Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine
UK Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye

Romantic love is a curse and Juliette Binoche’s Isabelle has it bad. She’s an artist caught up in a series of unsatisfying affairs: a litany of lovers that includes a callous banker, a capricious actor and an ex-husband who has watched too much porn. Still, she keeps searching for a man to walk with hand-in-hand through life, even if she’s not certain that’s what she really wants. Riffing on Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse, Claire Denis injects black humour into this witty journey through indecision, idealism and sexual dissatisfaction. The cast is a who’s-who of French cinema, including Xavier Beauvois (director of The Guardians, also screening in this year’s festival) and Denis regular Alex Descas (35 Shots of Rum). Binoche, meanwhile, sparkles in a sexually charged role as a woman seeking signposts to life – from the lyrics of Etta James’ ‘At Last’ to Gérard Depardieu’s self-serving tarot reader.

Kate Taylor

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