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 Lorber
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Juliette Binoche
as Camille Claudel
Jean-Luc Vincent
as Paul Claudel
Robert Leroy
as Doctor
Marion Keller
as Miss Blanc
Armelle Leroy-Rolland
as Young Novitiate
Myriam Allain
as Patient in Retraints
Régine Gayte
as Sister Regine
Nicole Faurite
as Sister Nicole
Eric Jacoulet
as Intern
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

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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
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Despite its austere beauty, elegant triptych-like structure and faultlessly disciplined performances, "Camille Claudel 1915" still raises more questions than it answers ...

Full Review… | November 21, 2013
Washington Post
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Juliette Binoche, as Claudel, is occasionally touching, but as soon as interest flares, the movie suffocates it via endless takes of her suffering through daily chores.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
New York Post
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Whatever nuance the movie has, it owes to Binoche's performance; despite the material and visual context, she's able to convey a sense of contradiction and inner life.

Full Review… | October 16, 2013
AV Club
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By the end, you are left with a feeling of helplessness, rage, and a kind of abstracted bafflement. How did this happen?

Full Review… | October 16, 2013
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One of the year's thorniest releases.

Full Review… | October 15, 2013
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Camille Claudel, 1915

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.

Michael Lupetin
Michael Lupetin

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.

Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams

a somewhat vague account of the artist Camille Claudel's life in and out of an insane asylum but it does capture the loneliness and sadness of her being there really well.

Mike N.
Mike N.

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