An Encounter with Simone Weil (2012)




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An Encounter with Simone Weil tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil (1909-1943) who spent most of her too-short life advocating for the rights of the socially and politically disadvantaged. On her quest to understand Simone Weil, filmmaker Julia Haslett confronts profound questions of moral responsibility both within her own family and the broader context of 21st century America. Using Weil's writings and teachings as a framework for her own experience, Haslett creates a moving portrait of an extraordinary young woman whose decision to act on her convictions proved that the quest to live a principled life is a journey we should all consider taking. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for An Encounter with Simone Weil

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Though Weil remains fascinating, Ms. Haslett's film, even when it uses more traditional documentary techniques, mostly isn't.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
New York Times
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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… | March 20, 2012
Village Voice
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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… | April 11, 2012

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… | March 23, 2012
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
Slant Magazine

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… | March 15, 2012
Spirituality and Practice

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