Juliette Binoche delivers a luminous performance in the deliciously witty, sensuously romantic new film from acclaimed director Claire Denis. Isabelle is a Parisian painter searching for another shot at love, but refusing to settle for the parade of all-too-flawed men who drift in and out of her life. There’s a caddish banker, who, like many of her lovers, happens to be married; a handsome actor who’s working through his own hang-ups; and a sensitive fellow artist (Alex Descas) who’s skittish about commitment. What reads like a standard romantic comedy premise is transformed, in the hands of master filmmaker Denis, into something altogether deeper, more poignant, and perceptive about the profound mysteries of love. With Gerard Depardieu.
France / 95 min / subtitles
A multifaceted, bittersweet delight. –Time magazine
Claire Denis and her writing partner, the novelist and playwright Christine Angot, have woven A SUBLIME COMEDY of sexual indecision. They mine Isabelle’s affairs for humor as well as heartache, and do it with such delicacy that you may be hard-pressed to tell which is which. What do women want? More movies as emotionally intelligent and fine-grained as this one, I suspect, and I can attest that they are hardly alone. –Los Angeles Times
It’s a testament to Denis’ skill that “Let The Sunshine In” could probably be watched by one person as a breezy comedy and by another as a rigorously intellectual exercise and enjoyed by both. Denis and Binoche have made a film that’s both SMART AND SEXY, imbuing new excitement and wonder into the emotional connections that define us all. –The Wrap
Ms. Denis, consistently the most interesting French filmmaker of the 21st century (see “Beau Travail,” “White Material” and “35 Shots of Rum,” among others), focuses her attention on a subject that could easily have been rendered sad, sensational or sentimental. The sexuality of middle-aged women, when it comes up at all in Hollywood, tends to be treated with either pity or condescending encouragement. As played by Juliette Binoche, Isabelle is defiantly immune to both of those. Isabelle is fascinating — puzzling, charming, irritating, worth caring about — because she’s intelligent and free. –The New York Times
Sun, Sept 2
Let The Sun Shine In 5:15 @ Bear’s Place – Last Chance!
First Reformed 7:45 @ Bear’s Place