Camille Claudel 1915
Director Bruno Dumont takes on the tragic true story of sculptress Camille Claudel (Juliette Binoche), an artist separated from her art after being unjustly confined by her family in a mental asylum.
Binoche gives a mesmerizing performance as French sculptor Auguste Rodin's protégé (and later mistress) during a fateful year in the institution. Writer/director Bruno Dumont (Humanité, La Vie de Jesus) focuses on her struggle to find understanding and recognition as an artist, and while the camera rarely ventures outside of her prison's thick walls, the story of the artist's confinement is in itself a tale of defiance against social norms - and a testament to the power of creativity and fortitude.
Shot in a real psychiatric asylum, the director also brings together a supporting cast comprised of real-life patients and their actual nurses that, alongside Binoche, create an emotionally intense ensemble - and a rare cinematic experience.
|Principal Cast:||Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Emmanuel Kauffman|
|Running Time:||97 minutes|
|US Distributor:||Kino Lorber|