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Camille Claudel 1915 - Film Review

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Published March 12th 2014

This is edgy cinema in which Juliette Binoche turns in a fabulous performance in a disturbing and stark flic. Make no mistake, the inmates in this asylum are real people suffering from mental illnesses and their actual nurses.

Camille Claudel 1915 is devastatingly powerful drama with a sensitivity that slowly envelopes you.

Claudel, student, then lover of of sculptor Rodin, is unjustly confined by her family in a mental asylum where she spends 30 years. It's a slow, deep and searing portrayal that leaves you questioning a lot about the period, morals, and the family.

Google her name and you will understand why the bones were buried so far from home. Binoche gives the peak of an august career's performance, plummeting to emotional depth with fearless honesty.

The movie is an indictment of a period when society felt threatened by an unconventional woman of genius. Some things just don't change, do they?
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