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A painful, sad account of Camille Claudel's last years. Much bleaker and more depressing than the 1988 account of her career and relationship with Rodin. Here we have barely a trace of her skill as a sculptor: she picks up a piece of wet earth and molds a figure before throwing it away in anger. And she draws flowers on the borders of letters she sends to her devout brother and a longago friend. She is left in paranoia and misery in the midst of the inhabitants of an insane asylum in Provence. This portrayal of the beautiful region will not encourage tourism. Convinced she is being poisoned, Camille lives on water and a daily potato she cooks herself. She helps with the other patients, who are portrayed by actual mental patients, which adds to the poignancy and tragedy of the movie. Her priggish brother, a famous Catholic poet and playwright whose works I have never liked. Despite his faith, he shuts his sister away as he agonizes over his affair with a married woman. He is continually lecturing everyone and not listening to anyone. His clothing is well cut and he drives a glossy automobile. The actual Claudel visited Camille only seven times in 30 years. She didn't have a chance.
This film chronicles the life of Camille Claudel, a sculptor in France, who spends the last 29 years of her life or so living in a mental asylum. The film does a great job setting the atmosphere in which Camille lives. The asylum is a desolate location in which Camille seems alone despite all the other mentally ill who reside. Nobody seems to listen to her despite her constant crying out (all despair acted brilliantly by Juliette Binoche). This film though could be seen as slow and I get that it was because the whole environment was attempted to be captured perfectly by director Bruno Dumont. Because of that a story never seemed to be of fruition, only focusing on the torment Camille must have been through.
It was a work of art indeed but it was unbearable for some reasons... I looked forward to see "The End" or "Fin" whatever..!
Juliette Binoche is magnificent.
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.
Binoche's perfprmance is awe inspiritng the atmosphere is stark cold dismal you know if she did go home there would still be the persecution complex and poisoning fear and that would be probably too hard to handle by her brother who has his own family and they are of different taste etc. than Claudel . A true tragedy that requires even more investigation to make conclusions.Barbara Smith Hilal
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.
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.
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Monumentally, wrist-slittingly sad. Just what did Rodin do to this poor woman, beautifully portrayed by the aged Binoche, to cause such anguish, paranoia, and pain? Was she more tortured by being cooped up in an asylum or by her lover's portrayal? And to think, 30 years at a place & to be visited by a brother who shd have been committed to the place on her behalf ? Oh the French.....