Camille Claudel, 1915 Reviews

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Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
June 30, 2014
With a stripped-down, bare-faced performance, Juliette Binoche is utterly wonderful in this tense French drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
June 22, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
Laurence Phelan
Independent
June 20, 2014
This is a stark film, about the human condition at its most base and degraded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
June 20, 2014
This is a difficult film, but made with impressive formal rigour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Fuller
Sight and Sound
June 20, 2014
This later history of Claudel, which stars Juliette Binoche, is spare, harsh and minimalistic, as one would expect from Bruno Dumont.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
June 20, 2014
Throughout it all, Binoche's face shivers with emotions that Claudel herself cannot pin down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
June 20, 2014
Binoche is excellent in a part that trades not on her beauty but her mind, portraying a woman whose talent made her dangerous in less enlightened times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
June 19, 2014
A luminous performance from Juliette Binoche is the star attraction in this intense and challenging historical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 19, 2014
It is a deeply sombre, deeply affecting film, based on real events, about the ordeal of Camille Claudel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 19, 2014
As non-plot becomes plot, so "shapelessness" finds its own shape. The film gathers mass, power and beauty as if unguided.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Violet Lucca
Little White Lies
June 19, 2014
Dumont's commitment to tone and aesthetics is remorseless - this was an injustice, and you will suffer accordingly for 94 minutes. But it's not just suffering for suffering's sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
The List
June 17, 2014
A measured, challenging historical drama but also one of Dumont's more accessible films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 17, 2014
Juliette Binoche gives a wonderful performance as Camille, conveying the intelligence, anxiety, anger and isolation of an artist abandoned by her family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
June 16, 2014
What emerges is a demanding but hypnotic, probing portrait of an artist denied her art, by a director in total command of his.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
June 16, 2014
As meticulous as one of Claudel's sculptures, Hors Satan director Dumont and his star do this true-life story justice with an empathetic telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 1, 2014
An eerie and austere film charting the nightmarish response of the French sculptress to her imprisonment in an asylum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
March 19, 2014
A deeply unsettling experience, a muffled cry from and for a woman cast aside by her family and by history.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine
February 6, 2014
Camille Claudel 1915 is a film of stark, sober rewards, and possibly Dumont's finest.
Jay Stone
Canada.com
January 30, 2014
The camera stays on [Binoche] for long periods, and we become complicit in her suffering. It's a great performance in a movie that is difficult to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
January 24, 2014
At some point during the making of "Camille Claudel 1915," writer-director Bruno Dumont surely must have considered featuring Juliette Binoche's face in extreme close-up for the film's entire running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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