Claire Denis discusses Let the Sunshine In with Film Comment Editor Nicolas Rapold at a sneak preview presented by IFC Films. Now playing: filmlinc.org/sunshine
Juliette Binoche is both incandescent and emotionally raw in Claire Denis’s extraordinary new film as Isabelle, a middle-aged Parisian artist in search of definitive love. The action moves elliptically, as though set to some mysterious biorhythm, from one romantic/emotional attachment to another: from the boorish married lover (Xavier Beauvois) to the subtly histrionic actor (Nicolas Duvauchelle), also married, to the dreamboat hairdresser (Paul Blain) to the gentle man (Alex Descas) not quite ready for commitment to… a mysterious fortune-teller. Appropriately enough, Let the Sunshine In (very loosely inspired by Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discourse) feels like it’s been lit from within; it was lit from without by Denis’s longtime cinematographer Agnès Godard. It is also very funny. An NYFF55 Main Slate selection. A Sundance Selects release.
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