• Unrated, 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Julia Haslett
    In Theaters:
    Mar 23, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 20, 2014
  • Passion River Films

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An Encounter with Simone Weil Reviews

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Jennifer Merin
About.com

Filmmaker Julia Haslett was so moved by a quote of Simone Weil's that she spent the next six years studying the French philosopher and making a film about her life and writings.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 11, 2012
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Honorable but self-indulgent attempt to bring alive the elusive French philosopher-activist-leftist Simone Weil, meshed this with the filmmaker's personal family history.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 23, 2012
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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Though Weil remains fascinating, Ms. Haslett's film, even when it uses more traditional documentary techniques, mostly isn't.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 22, 2012
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Julia Haslett's absorbing if patchy ode to Weil, an advocate for the rights of the disadvantaged, confronts her subject's ideas of moral responsibility through surprisingly personal and experimental means.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 20, 2012
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine

Ultimately, the film doesn't feel like it ever left Julia Haslett's head, leaving us a little cold.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

March 20, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A creative and compelling documentary about Simone Weil, a French philosopher, activist, and mystic whom writer Albert Camus called the only great spirit of our time.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

March 15, 2012
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