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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Though Weil remains fascinating, Ms. Haslett's film, even when it uses more traditional documentary techniques, mostly isn't.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
Ultimately, the film doesn't feel like it ever left Julia Haslett's head, leaving us a little cold.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.