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Let the Sunshine In

Rated 18 Accompaniment (Sexual Content) ~ Runs 95 minutes

Dir.: Claire Denis, France

Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Josiane Balasko Gérard Depardieu
In French with English subtitles


“Let The Sunshine In is a rare thing these days: a sexy, sophisticated, grown-up treat... an elegant, spry romcom with perceptive things to say about fiftysomethings striving to find happiness when it seems in short supply... The exploration is funny, touching and compelling. The film starts mid-sex. Fiftysomething artist Isabelle is in bed with boorish married banker Vincent... It’s the first in a number of affairs Isabelle embarks on: there is a troubled actor, a sensitive artist, a mistaken recoupling with her ex- husband, and a hot guy she pulls in a bar during a blissful dance scene to Etta James’ At Last. For Isabella, the ‘At Last’ is never permanent. Denis and screenwriter string these snapshots of desultory dalliances into a loose, freewheeling narrative. But it’s funny too. A scene where Isabelle explodes on an artistic retreat at the pretentious ramblings of her colleagues about affinity with the countryside is hilarious.... Of course, as with anything she appears in, the film’s ace card is Binoche. A rare chance for the actor to show her comedic chops, her smart, generous, courageous performance nails every one of Isabelle’s colours, from unreadable to sexually voracious, tentative and emotionally alive. It’s a tour de force but a subtle, nuanced one, and elevates Let The Sunshine In from a good film to a great one. With its moody heroine, sex and reliance on talk it would be easy/stupid to dismiss Let The Sunshine In as oh so French, but Claire Denis’ most conventionally entertaining film is a delight. And it’s yet another reminder Juliette Binoche is an international treasure who should be cherished.” - Ian Freer, Empire. “The French title - Un beau soleil interieur (a beautiful inner sun) - is more in the right spirit. It’s a deep and moving investigation into one woman’s inner struggle as she goes about looking for true love... It’s the great Binoche performance of the decade.” - Mick LaSalle, The San Francisco Chronicle



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October 14