CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915

Directed by Bruno Dumont | Written by Bruno Dumont
US release date: October 16, 2013
Directed and written by Bruno Dumont
With Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Emmanuel Kauffman
95 min, Biography, Drama, France, 2013

Born in 1864 in Aisne, Northern France, Camille Claudel is a sculptress, the older sister of the writer Paul Claudel, her junior by 4 years. She is first Auguste Rodin's student, then his mistress for fifteen years, until she leaves him in 1895. In 1913, following the death of her father, having spent ten years as a recluse in her studio on the quai Bourbon in Paris, she is confined by her family, first to the mental hospital at Ville Evrard near Paris, then to an asylum at Montdevergues, in the Vaucluse.

Juliette Binoche gives a mesmerizing performance as the brilliant sculptress, protégé of Auguste Rodin (and later his mistress), and sister of the Christian/mystic poet Paul Claudel – who, by 1915, was confined to a remote, church-run asylum for the mentally ill near Avignon. Bruno Dumont’s rigorous, hypnotic portrait suggests that Camille’s intense creativity and bohemian mores were on an inevitable, tragic collision course with her conventional Christian family and the expectations of early 20th century French society. Camille’s paranoia (she believes Rodin is plotting against her and is responsible for her incarceration) and occasional violent outbursts complicate her situation.

Dumont peoples his film with real-life asylum inmates, a controversial decision that gives the film a profoundly, disturbingly realistic dimension and adds to the story’s considerable poignancy.

IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES


Opens in the US on October 16, 2013

- NYC on October 16, 2013 at Film Forum
-Los Angeles on December 13, 2013 at Laemmle Theaters
 
This film may not be shown in all US cities, please check your local listings for exact showtimes and places.

US Distribution:
Kino Lorber Films
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