Leaving (Partir)
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A riveting new drama by the prolific French filmmaker Catherine Corsini, LEAVING (PARTIR) stars Oscar-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman prepared to abandon everything in pursuit of passion. A success with critics and audiences alike at the Toronto and Seattle film festivals, this elegantly told tale of intrigue is not to be missed. Kristin Scott Thomas is Suzanne, the bourgeois wife of a successful doctor, Samuel (Yvan Attal), living together with their children in the south of France. Weighted down by a thrill-less lifestyle and a stale marriage, Suzanne falls for the handsome young… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If Leaving is a romantic parable, it is a dark and depressing one, emphasizing not the sensuality of attraction but rather the obsessive side of romantic behavior. This is mad love for sure, and that is not usually a pretty picture."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"If "Leaving" is a story of a broken marriage, what, exactly, went wrong?"
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"With a terrific central performance from Kristin Scott Thomas, Leaving is a thoroughly gripping emotional drama that plays like a sun-drenched film noir."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"This alternation between frenzy and calm is the key to Corsini's aesthetic, a strategy the director employs in order to both introduce a modest tension into her otherwise tired material."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Between the terrific performances and artful cinematography, this is one high-class piece of melodramatic crap."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"The only reason to see "Leaving'' - and it's not a bad reason at all - is for the sight of Kristin Scott Thomas in a rare happy mood."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"This is one of those films that depends entirely on its star, and Thomas mixes sexuality, giddy flirtatiousness, stoic determination and agony in just the right amounts, without ever straining."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Leaving tells the kind of painful story -- of passion, betrayal, revenge -- we might read about every day in the papers, but it is the cool manner of its telling and an outstanding central performance by Kristin Scott Thomas that sharpen our interest."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"The fact that her children have their lives upended by their mother's yearning for Lopez's low-born, bad-boy loser makes matters both worse and more idiotic than plausible."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Thomas, bless her, remains compelling throughout. But it gets harder and harder to watch the things "Leaving" forces her to do."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"As Suzanne's stair-stepping recklessness leads ever downward, from secret rendezvous to public humiliations to thievery and worse, "Leaving" trades sympathy for surprise."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Thomas' face, tremulous with desire one second, steely with anger the next, holds the screen every second. But the actress deserves richer material."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Even for the routinely terrific Kristin Scott Thomas, the infidelity-themed Leaving is a top-drawer thesping workout."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"[Thomas] remains a mesmerizing mix of carnality and class, and through richer and poorer, she keeps director/co-writer Catherine Corsini's bourgeois fantasy from overheating."
‑ Alicia Potter, Boston Phoenix
"Corsini's story veers close to lurid melodrama, but her star's performance is ... nakedly honest ... Suzanne risks everything for love ... Scott Thomas is equally fearless."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
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