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Camille Claudel, 1915

Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel, 1915

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Vincent, Robert Leroy

year: 2013

colour: yes

certificate: -12

director: Bruno Dumont

runtime: 95

From 1913, Camille Claudel (Juliette Binoche) is placed in an asylum as per parents' request. In February 1915, because of the war, she is moved to a religious institution, the asylum of Montdevergues at Montfavet near Avignon. She finds herself surrounded by difficult cases. She stops sculpting, developing punctually a paranoid speech, but she keeps all her lucidity and her sensitivity for art. However, she finds hope in the belief that she will be able to leave the asylum to join her mother in Villeneuve-sur-Fère, who has stopped communicating with her. Her brother, the writer and diplomat Paul Claudel, is the only one who keeps in touch and who writes and who also visits her. But Paul is self-seeking, he refuses to take care of his sister and prefers leave her in an asylum despite the psychiatrist’s opinion who thinks she should not stay locked up.

 

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