Let the Sunshine In
Dir. Claire Denis. 2017, 94 mins. DCP. In French with English subtitles. With Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine, Josiane Balasko, Sandrine Dumas, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Alex Descas, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Gérard Depardieu. The latest film from master French director Claire Denis is an ingenious variation on the romantic comedy, starring Juliette Binoche as Isabelle, a middle-aged Parisian artist and divorced mother navigating interpersonal and romantic entanglements. Said to be loosely based on Roland Barthes’ “A Lover’s Discourse,” the film follows Isabelle from encounter to encounter as she finds sex, love, and connection with characters who couldn’t be more different from one another, in episodes that range from satirical to dreamlike. Throughout, Binoche commands the screen with a performance that’s simultaneously emotionally complex, fiendishly entertaining, and utterly mercurial.
“Wise and exquisite. Let the Sunshine In might be the lightest, most charming divertissement of Denis’ career, but beneath its seductive, glowing surface (gorgeously photographed by the director’s regular collaborator Agnès Godard), the internal rhythms are as rigorous and elusive as in any of her work.”—Justin Chang, 洛杉矶时报