Stéphane BrizéJudith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau
France, Belgium / 2016 / 119 minutes / DCP
A moving adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s novel chronicling the life, dreams and harsh realities of a young noblewoman of the 19th century. Jeanne’s unsullied expectations for a happy life gradually disintegrate as she discovers the betrayals of her loved ones – her unfaithful husband, deceptive parents and extravagant son – ending up in her ruin. Brizé borrows the Impressionists’ open compositions and shimmering lights to accentuate the passage of time in portraying Jeanne’s unbearable trajectory.