Romantic comedy is not a genre generally associated with Claire Denis, the director who has plunged into the depths of the human soul in modern classics such as »Beau Travail« and »White Material«. Then, of course, »Let the Sunshine In« isn’t a run of the mill rom-com. Denis explores the complicated love life of middle-aged artist Isabelle in her own idiosyncratic way.

Divorced, Isabelle is romantically involved with several men but struggles to find the right one. Inspired by Roland Barthes’ essay A Lover’s Discourse, the film emotionally engages in Isabelle’s love aspirations but keeps an analytical distance, containing both the depiction and the discussion of love in equal measures.

Eschewing one-liners and easy laughs, Denis’ comedy is built around her characters and their erratic behavior, fusing humor with a sensual romanticism already explored in the exquisite »Friday Night«, her most underrated film to date. Juliette Binoche shines subtly in the lead, her dedication bringing additional depth to Denis’ vision.

Title
Let The Sunshine In
Director
Claire Denis
Country
France
Length
94 min
Festival
2017
Section
Icons
Language
French
Subtitle
Swedish
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2017
Original title
Un Beau Soleil Intérieur
Cast
Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Josiane Balasko, Philippe Katerine, Gérard Depardieu, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Producer
Olivier Delbosc
Script
Christine Angot, Claire Denis
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