Charlotte Gainsbourg transparently conveys an inner drama in this stylish literary adaptation.
A villa in the south of France, overlooking the sea, could convey a sense of freedom. Yet Suzanna Andler feels trapped in her marriage to her wealthy husband, who has been unfaithful to her for decades. Now, for the first time, she has a young lover of her own, who has come with her to check out the villa; this upscale address may be considered for the next family vacation. Suzanna wanders through the rooms, onto the terrace, and looks out into the bay. Over the course of a day, she reflects upon her marriage and her affair, her whole life. Can conversations clear things up? She talks to her lover, a friend, a nanny — and her husband, who’s on the phone. Benoît Jacquot’s adaptation of a play by Marguerite Duras is, like the original, set in the late 1960s, but is just as timeless.
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Meet the director
Born in Paris in 1947, writer-director Benoît Jacquot has shown a passion for adapting the classics that has spanned his entire career. His first feature film, THE MUSICIAN KILLER (1975), adapted a work by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Of the more than 40 theatrical and made-for-television films that have followed, several are based on works by Henry James, Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, Pierre de Marivaux, and Giacomo Puccini. Women going through a personal crisis are a frequent theme in his works, such as LA DÉSENCHANTEE (1990) and A SINGLE GIRL (1995), while other films center around sexual figures such as Marquis de Sade (SADE, 2000), Sigmund Freud (PRINCESSE MARIE, 2004), and Giacomo Casanova (CASANOVA, LAST LOVE, 2019).