Let the Sunshine In
Juliette Binoche and Claire Denis make a perfect pairing in this life-affirming midlife melody.
Fans of French filmmaker Claire Denis’s delicate, mature dramas (‘Beau Travail’, ‘35 Shots of Rum’) will savour the sight of Juliette Binoche in almost every frame of this reflective Paris-set comedy. Lighter than some of Denis’s work, but still extremely thoughtful, it offers a brisk walk through an awkward blue period in the life of a middle-aged French artist, Isabelle (Binoche), and the relationships with various men in her life, including an unreliable banker (Xavier Beauvois, delightfully obnoxious) and a sweet but immature younger actor (Nicolas Duvauchelle). It also features a late cameo from a much-loved French acting heavyweight.
‘Let the Sunshine In’ sits alongside Mia Hansen-Løve’s similarly Paris-set 2016 drama ‘Things to Come’ as a smart and empathetic study of a woman navigating midlife uncertainties. But there’s nothing despairing here, just a certain sort of joy in witnessing such an honest, messy character portrait. Both Denis and Binoche are geniuses at making this kind of highly observant, sensitive storytelling look so easy. It helps that there’s an urbane humour, even a wry absurdity. Small in scale, ‘Let the Sunshine In’ is big on the richness of life’s highs and lows.
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A disjointed series of excruciatingly pointless conversations between a babyish self-pitying woman and various predatory men, mostly ugly. I want my 90 minutes back!
Really quite a poor film on several fronts. Binoche plays the aged sex kitten who longs for deep love but is about as deep as a puddle,and in her quest for love sleeps with every Parisian male.It makes little sense,and the dialogue seem to have been created without a script. Binoche is as usual a lightweight actress (Huppert would have been more suited to this role) Depadeau is just thrown in at the end in an execrable final scene.It is laughable and meaningless.No emotional connection,no empathy ...2 stars