Ein Leben

A film by Stéphane Brizé.  In french with ger­man subtitles.

Based on a novel by Guy de Maupassant and sharing the­mes (male treache­ry, suf­fe­ring) as well as a tit­le with Mikio Naruse’s 1963 dra­ma, Stéphane Brizé’s gor­ge­ous peri­od pie­ce explo­res the bleak lot of an aristo­cra­tic hei­ress in 19th-cen­tu­ry France. Shot in boxy 1.33:1 ratio, and kis­sed by fli­cke­ring cand­le­light, this a world so per­sua­si­ve­ly rea­li­sed that you can almost smell the damp that rises, along with the debt. We fol­low Jeanne (Judith Chemla) from the clear-eyed hope­ful­ness of youth to late midd­le age; it’s a per­for­mance that is so com­pel­ling that we for­gi­ve the film its fair­ly dispi­ri­ting tra­jec­to­ry and por­tra­yal of a woman who often seems litt­le more than a hel­pless chat­tel. (The Guardian)

Credits:
F/B 2016, 119 Min., franz. OmU
Regie: Stéphane Brizé, Kamera: Antoine Héberlé
Schnitt: Anne Klotz
mit:Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau, Swann Arlaud

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