UN BEAU SOLEIL INTERIEUR / LET THE SUNSHINE IN

Claire Denis, among the best loved and most influential French film-
makers of the last thirty years, teams with Christine Angot, one of the
leading French novelists and public intellectuals of our era, to tell the
story of Isabelle, a fifty-something Parisian artist played by the great
Juliette Binoche. Through the elliptical tale of Isabelle’s successive
relationships with a variety of egotistical if not downright oafish men,
Denis pulls off a surprising balancing act between the melancholy
truths of ageism, sexism and class relations in contemporary France
and a light, occasionally fanciful comic touch (Gérard Depardieu’s ap-
pearance as a psychic is one for the history books). Driven by Juliette
Binoche’s masterful performance, Let the Sunshine In takes the per-
spective of a woman in late middle age to give a timely report on the
battle of the sexes, hinting at the more general malaise hanging over
French society today. Yet as always in a Claire Denis film, there comes
a point when the angst gives way to a breathtaking dance scene: in
this case, it is set to an Etta James song, and it is cinema in its purest,
most sensual state.

DIRECTOR
Claire Denis

SCREENPLAY
Christine Angot
Claire Denis

CAST
Juliette Binoche
Xavier Beauvois
Philippe Katerine
Josiane Balasko

DETAILS
Comedy
French
94 min.
France, Belgium, 2017
Blu Ray, DCP

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films

PRICE RANGE
$350-$600