Camille Claudel, 1915
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Camille Claudel, 1915
Juliette Binoche gives a mesmerizing performance as the brilliant sculptress, protégé of Auguste Rodin (and later his mistress), and sister of the Christian/mystic poet Paul Claudel - who, by 1915, was confined to a remote, church-run asylum for the mentally ill near Avignon. Bruno Dumont's rigorous, hypnotic portrait suggests that Camille's intense creativity and bohemian mores were on an inevitable, tragic collision course with her conventional Christian family and the expectations of early 20th century French society. Camille's paranoia (she believes Rodin is plotting against… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"Juliette Binoche gives a wonderful performance as Camille, conveying the intelligence, anxiety, anger and isolation of an artist abandoned by her family."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Whatever nuance the movie has, it owes to Binoche's performance; despite the material and visual context, she's able to convey a sense of contradiction and inner life."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"With a stripped-down, bare-faced performance, Juliette Binoche is utterly wonderful in this tense French drama."
‑ Rich Cline,
"This is a difficult film, but made with impressive formal rigour."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"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."
‑ Damon Wise, Radio Times
"Despite its austere beauty, elegant triptych-like structure and faultlessly disciplined performances, "Camille Claudel 1915" still raises more questions than it answers ..."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"One of the year's thorniest releases."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"A powerhouse performance by Juliette Binoche provides the beating, tortured heart of this finely wrought and very affecting film about the later life of sculptor Camille Claudel."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"This later history of Claudel, which stars Juliette Binoche, is spare, harsh and minimalistic, as one would expect from Bruno Dumont."
‑ Graham Fuller, Sight and Sound
"A luminous performance from Juliette Binoche is the star attraction in this intense and challenging historical drama."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Juliette Binoche, as Claudel, is occasionally touching, but as soon as interest flares, the movie suffocates it via endless takes of her suffering through daily chores."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Ms. Binoche's portrayal of Camille is one of the most wrenching performances she has given."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"This is a stark film, about the human condition at its most base and degraded."
‑ Laurence Phelan, Independent
"Throughout it all, Binoche's face shivers with emotions that Claudel herself cannot pin down."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"It is a deeply sombre, deeply affecting film, based on real events, about the ordeal of Camille Claudel."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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