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3.5
894 Ratings

Camille Claudel 1915

Directed by Bruno Dumont
France, 2013
Drama
  • French
  • English, Romanian, Spanish

Synopsis

Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France – where she will never sculpt again – the chronicle of Camille Claudel’s reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.

Our take

Before shocking us all with an unexpected skill for comedy, Dumont was admired for his radically bleak explorations of human tragedy, like this stark, absorbing portrait of a tortured artist with a mesmeric Juliette Binoche.

Camille Claudel 1915 Directed by Bruno Dumont
[Binoche] gives a monumental performance here, not least because it’s so contained. The moments of protest and anguish are all the more moving and painful because the Camille we mostly see is an observer, with impassive, barely changing features—gazing calmly ahead, or turning to the camera with an implacable, borderline-haughty look… Camille Claudel 1915 is a film of stark, sober rewards, and possibly Dumont’s finest.
October 17, 2013
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Watching Binoche’s every flicker of confusion, anger, remorse, and hope, we are made privy to a succession of emotions that transcend time and place. This is more a film about acting—both the historical necessity of women to constantly play roles for audiences real and perceived, and about our experience of watching a major contemporary screen actor inhabit a character forced to play those roles—than about linear historical events.
October 16, 2013
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In this raw, sparse setting, with its windswept landscape populated by patients whose grimacing faces share the same depth as Claudel’s best portrait busts, Binoche is superb. Quiet and calculating one minute, unhinged and sobbing the next, she expresses brilliantly the maddening frustration of a falsely incarcerated genius.
October 16, 2013
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