Leaving (Partir)


Leaving (Partir)

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Laden with melodramatic clichés, Leaving needed a talented star to succeed -- and Kristin Scott Thomas delivers the goods with another superb performance.



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A riveting new drama by the prolific French filmmaker Catherine Corsini, LEAVING (PARTIR) stars Oscar-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman prepared to abandon everything in pursuit of passion. A success with critics and audiences alike at the Toronto and Seattle film festivals, this elegantly told tale of intrigue is not to be missed. Kristin Scott Thomas is Suzanne, the bourgeois wife of a successful doctor, Samuel (Yvan Attal), living together with their children in the south of France. Weighted down by a thrill-less lifestyle and a stale marriage, Suzanne falls for the handsome young Ivan (Sergi López), an immigrant ex-con working on their property. Their affair is passionate, but Suzanne is wracked by guilt. When she confesses to her husband, his retaliation begins an ugly turn of events. -- (C) IFC


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  • If Leaving is a romantic parable, it is a dark and depressing one, emphasizing not the sensuality of attraction but rather the obsessive side of romantic behavior. This is mad love for sure, and that is not usually a pretty picture.

    Feb 18, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The only reason to see "Leaving'' - and it's not a bad reason at all - is for the sight of Kristin Scott Thomas in a rare happy mood.

    Jan 13, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • As Suzanne's stair-stepping recklessness leads ever downward, from secret rendezvous to public humiliations to thievery and worse, "Leaving" trades sympathy for surprise.

    Dec 17, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If "Leaving" is a story of a broken marriage, what, exactly, went wrong?

    Dec 17, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This is one of those films that depends entirely on its star, and Thomas mixes sexuality, giddy flirtatiousness, stoic determination and agony in just the right amounts, without ever straining.

    Dec 3, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Thomas' face, tremulous with desire one second, steely with anger the next, holds the screen every second. But the actress deserves richer material.

    Dec 2, 2010

Audience Reviews for Leaving (Partir)

  • Jul 14, 2014
    I don't quite understand the hate that this film got from users and critics alike. Kristin Scott Thomas has landed in a number of French dramas and this is her best performance. The entire cast actually is excellent at keeping the tension level appropriate leading to a thrilling end.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2011
    Really good!! My take on what happens after the movie: Suzanne gets a good lawyer and recuperates in a mental hospital because she was raped and driven temporarily insane. The lovers get back together, restore the rock house and live happily ever after. Maybe they could make a sequel, and call it, "Coming". --copied from another reviewer, but I thought it was so great that I had to put it here. :)
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2010
    One of several European films I've seen this year that has what is essentially a very ordinary story but that is made with such conviction and power that I was left dumbstruck at the end. <i>Leaving</i> unusually has our lead confessing her affair to her husband very early on and the route it takes - the result of that affair - is what propels the story. Admittedly, not a whole lot in terms of plot actually happens until the bleak and very effective final third, but what a final third, with Kristn Scott Thomas simply brilliant as Suzanne. The critic Mark Kermode was right when he said she does "staring into the void" very well; when her happiness is taken away it is written all over her face. Uncomfortable viewing that has stayed with me, but cinema par excellence.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2010
    Unconvincing tale of infidelity from a 'middle-aged' female's perspective which has original elements but I didn't believe the women's choices even given 'armour fou'.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer

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