Cannes Film Fest 2017: Claire Denis Let the Sunshine In, Starring Luminous Juliette Binoche

Claire Denis’ exquisitely executed romantic dramedy, Let the Sunshine In, world premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Fest (In Directors Fortnight sidebar), then play at the New York Film Fest and is now being released by Sundance Selects, beginning April 2018.

The film is very loosely inspired by Roland Barthes’ “A Lover’s Discourse.”

An incandescent Juliette Binoche stars in this wry new film as Isabelle, a Parisian artist looking for a meaningful romance.

Like other complex works from Denis, Let the Sunshine In unfolds elliptically through Isabelle’s intimate and erotic encounters with several different men, an aggressive married man (Xavier Beauvois), a highly sensitive actor (Nicolas Duvauchelle), a charming hairdresser (Paul Blain), a gentleman with commitment issues (Alex Descas) and finally, a mysterious fortune teller.

Denis, an iconic French director who has never received much recognition in the U.S. has made yet another elegant and subtle feature.  Her new work heavily relies on the radiant luminosity and charged intelligence of leading lady Binoche, who is at the top of her game, not to mention the height of her distinguished career.

 

 

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