Camille Claudel 1915 – Watershed Bristol
Fri 20 – Thu 26 June
Dir: Bruno Dumont
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Emmanuel Kauffman
97 mins, 2013, France, Subtitled
Juliette Binoche stars in Bruno Dumont’s (Hadewijch, Hors Satan) examination of Camille Claudel, the famous sculptress (and lover of Auguste Rodin) who we visit two years into a stay at an insane asylum that would last nearly three decades. Although her affair with Rodin has long ended, she still believes he instigated a plot to kill her, and while she is indeed very angry and struggles to contain her feelings, she is clearly not a candidate for an asylum. Binoche gives a riveting performance, reflecting the loneliness and boredom of being forced to live in such an environment, its slow passage of time threatening to destroy her (“I’m no longer a human being,” she desperately says to her doctor). The dialogue was adapted from medical records and letters exchanged between Claudel and the brother who put her there, and the film was shot in a working psychiatric institution, using (rightly, if perhaps controversially) actual patients as other inmates. A disturbing portrayal of artistry and madness filled with Dumont’s typical spiritual curiosity anchored by a mesmerisingly intense turn from an actor who, much like Claudel was, at the top of her game.
The evening screenings of Camille Claudel 1915 on Tue 24 June are part of our Cinébites deal: get a cinema ticket, veggie or meat lasagne, and a drink (wine/beer or soft drink) for only £15.
Ticket prices: Screenings before 16:00: £5.50 full/£4.00 concs. Screenings after 16:00: £8.00 full/£6.50 concs.
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