Few actors in cinema have accomplished and explored as much as Isabelle Huppert has in her career. Having starred in over 120 films, and nominee of no fewer than 16 Césars, Huppert is a true force of emotion who journeys inside the furthest reaches of only the most complicated women.
Huppert once said that “Every film you make is a form of rebirth,” an aphorism that rings true in all of her soul-baring performances, which acutely make every emotion, whether expressed or repressed, entirely palpable.
This pairing of films by Michael Haneke and Michel Deville finds Huppert vividly swinging between the extremes: fighting for her family’s survival at the end of times in Haneke’s Time of the Wolf, and as a young, adventurous woman dueling with her older, powerful husband and his possessiveness in Deep Water. Whether enveloped by desire or catastrophe in these films, Huppert renders her characters with a crystalline sense of measure and indelible personhood.