An interesting tale of a war photographer (played by Juliette Binoche) and the impact, both good and bad, that her life choices make on her family. A couple of quietly powerful moments end up making this into a bit more than just the character study it would seem to be.
Masterful portrayal of Rebecca's (Binoche) conflict between the risky pursuit (and lure) as a war photographer for a political conviction and family life. Which is more important? Which ultimately is the least selfish interest?... Well shot, good sound design and musical score. There is much emphasis about Binoche in the reviews -giving this too much attention is to miss the point!...
Could've been a masterpiece provided the director was somebody else as well as someone else playing the mom. When you think of it, all of the characters were flat, one-sided, hard-to-believe. The husband - although extremely handsome but as a character too cute, too caring, too faithful, if I may. The mom - more like an aunt or a cousin, but the main flaw of this character is that it's too emotionally moderate
I don't think I'll ever dislike a Binoche movie. This was a "It needs something to be good enough" movie for me at first, it was just missing something with really good ideas and then the daughter-shooting-the-mother-while-both-are-crying scene and it turned it to a really good movie for me.
It could have been such a great movie with a topic this promising and such a set of actors! MUBI, "Juliette Binoche in one of her most powerful performances", really? Her acting was a mess, her passion fake and pretentious, even the clumsy way she held her camera brought me that annoying sense when you feel ashamed for another person. But oh, maybe it's just the result of the disturbing combo of French and Irish. :)