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Camille Claudel 1915

  • Drama
  • Arts and culture
  • 2013
  • Bruno Dumont
  • 95 mins
  • PG

Summary

Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The story of sculptor Rodin's torrid affair with his muse (and fellow artist) Camille Claudel is an obvious subject for a French costume drama - so obvious, in fact, that austere director Bruno Dumont opts not to tell it at all. Instead, this challenging, intellectual film is set nearly two decades after the couple parted and finds Claudel (Juliette Binoche) locked up in a remote mental institution, where, convinced that someone is trying to poison her, she cooks her own modest meals. Real-life nurses and psychiatric patients play the supporting roles, making the depiction of Claudel's daily life tough to watch. But with the arrival of her poet brother Paul (Jean-Luc Vincent), things become more interesting. Using the siblings' actual correspondence as his inspiration, Dumont starts to explore his heroine's state of mind, revealing a woman pushed to breaking point by the men in her life. Binoche is excellent in a part that trades not on her beauty but her mind, portraying a woman whose talent made her dangerous in less enlightened times.

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Credits

Cast

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Camille ClaudelJuliette Binoche
Paul ClaudelJean-Luc Vincent
DoctorRobert Leroy
PriestEmmanuel Kauffman
Mlle BlancMarion Keller
Sister RégineRégine Gayte
Sister SandraSandra Rivera
Sister NicoleNicole Faurite
Sister FlorenceFlorence Philippe

Crew

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DirectorBruno Dumont

Details

Theatrical distributor
Soda Pictures
Released on
2014-06-20
Languages
French
Guidance
Brief nudity.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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