Her Name Is Sabine
Time Out says
Sabine is plump, lethargic and sometimes exasperatingly hands-on, and Bonnaire pulls no punches in demonstrating how her cherished sibling is a pale shadow of her former self, by inserting washed-out video footage of a young, boisterous Sabine singing, dancing and generally high on the joys of adolescence. Incorporating themes of sisterly devotion, the power of memory and the taken-for-granted nature of independence, this peaceful and unobtrusive film patiently captures the details of Sabine’s daily life, from erratic outbursts of violence and invective to moments of innocence and introspection.
In the film’s heartbreaking final scene, Sabine is asked if she would like to watch some camcorder footage taken on a trip to New York during her childhood. As her mind is flooded with images of her carefree youth, she initially bursts into what look like tears of pure revulsion. When asked if the footage is too much for her, she quietly responds, ‘No, it’s making me cry tears of joy.’ It’s an incredible moment, almost like we’re witnessing an instance of spiritual grace, as Sabine finally comes to terms with the changes that have stymied her cerebral development. Props to the ICA for giving time to this tough, rewarding work.