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Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013)



Critic Consensus: Camille Claudel, 1915 isn't an easy watch, but Juliette Binoche's excellent performance makes it worth the effort.

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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 occasional violent outbursts complicate her situation. Dumont peoples his film with real asylum patients, giving the film a disturbingly realistic dimension that adds to its poignancy. (c) Kino Lorbermore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bruno Dumont
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 2014
Box Office: $22.5k
Kino Lorber


Juliette Binoche
as Camille Claudel
Jean-Luc Vincent
as Paul Claudel
Marion Keller
as Miss Blanc
Armelle Leroy-Rollan...
as Young Novitiate
Myriam Allain
as Patient in Retraints
Régine Gayte
as Sister Regine
Nicole Faurite
as Sister Nicole
Florence Philippe
as Sister Florence
Christelle Petit
as Sister Christelle
Sandra Rivera
as Sister Sandra
Claire Peyrade
as Patient in Bath
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Critic Reviews for Camille Claudel, 1915

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (7)

Juliette Binoche gives a wonderful performance as Camille, conveying the intelligence, anxiety, anger and isolation of an artist abandoned by her family.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

With a stripped-down, bare-faced performance, Juliette Binoche is utterly wonderful in this tense French drama.

Full Review… | June 30, 2014

A powerhouse performance by Juliette Binoche provides the beating, tortured heart of this finely wrought and very affecting film about the later life of sculptor Camille Claudel.

Full Review… | June 22, 2014
Observer (UK)

This is a stark film, about the human condition at its most base and degraded.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
Independent (UK)

This is a difficult film, but made with impressive formal rigour.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
Independent (UK)

This later history of Claudel, which stars Juliette Binoche, is spare, harsh and minimalistic, as one would expect from Bruno Dumont.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
Sight and Sound

Audience Reviews for Camille Claudel, 1915


"Camille Claudel 1915" has a couple of great things going for it, like an excellent performance from Juliette Binoche in the title role of a woman who was at one time a lover and protege of Rodin and a sculptor in her own right, and a valid point about the state of mental health a hundred years ago, allowing a woman to be trapped in an asylum for decades against her will. That's especially hard to take considering she is much healthier than her fellow inmates and her brother Paul(Jean-Luc Vincent) has delusions of his own.

But that's pretty much it and nowhere near enough, as Bruno Dumont does little more with the source material of letters and medical records than to simply transcribe them. Look, I know he has never made easy films to understand but at least in the past he has tried to challenge the audience instead of making a tedious movie like this one.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Bruno Dumont's latest film, CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915, has none of his usual shock value but with total astute subtlety, Dumont creates a breathtaking and quite frightening world where one loses all control over one's life. Juliette Binoche is once again astounding playing a woman trapped in her own mind but perhaps most terrifying, isolated and restrained in an asylum by a world that simply will not understand her. The Claudel of this film is restrained and a true victim of the world around her. Dependent on others for her freedom and sanity. CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 depicts a person becoming more insane by the hands of others. It is a film that shakes you to the core.

Camille Claudel, 1915 is a French drama that recounts a week of Claudel's life after she has fallen on hard times following her early years of artistic success and creativity and now finding herself hidden away in a reclusive countryside asylum. Years earlier, Camille had been the celebrated protégé and (later) mistress of Auguste Rodin (the sculptor of 'The Thinker') and they also had a productive, artistic relationship. When it ended, it ended badly as Rodin was never going to leave his wife and things did not go well for Camille who took it all rather hard. Years after the partnership had come to an end, she was still not "herself" and her brother had her admitted to an asylum in Avignon where she seems to always believe Rodin's men are plotting to kill her and her "loving" brother is close-by even though she has practically been abandoned by him. Camille learns early in the film that her brother Paul is coming to visit her on the upcoming weekend and the film is ponderous and slow as nearly every scene captures Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) contemplating an optimistic future she cannot obtain in her present situation. Her future life and happiness hinge upon that "loving" brother of hers who is coming to visit. Binoche captures the role well as the audience sees brief bursts of life and/or hope escape from this asylum resident who clearly does NOT belong where she has been put. This is based upon a true story.

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