Contemporary World Cinema | 2017 | 94 minutes
Stranger Says: Claire Denis has crafted an undeniably French pseudo-romantic comedy on middle-age love and desire from the female perspective. Be forewarned, a Claire Denis romantic comedy will not resemble anything close to Sleepless in Seattle. And this is a good thing! The radiant and beguiling Juliette Binoche tackles the role of a divorced artist who is also a perpetually sexually unsatisfied woman. She is having a hard time falling in love and finding Mr. Right. Maybe it is because she keeps allowing herself to be seduced by men who aren’t that good at helping her achieve an orgasm? As she moves elliptically from one emotional and romantic attachment to another, there is quite a bit of foreplay, sex, and illuminating banter in search of what is most elusive: love. (CARL SPENCE)
SIFF Says:Trying to find The One can be an exhausting, nearly impossible task. Just ask Isabelle, the protagonist of LET THE SUNSHINE IN. Helmed by the masterful French filmmaker Claire Denis (WHITE MATERIAL, BEAU TRAVAIL), LET THE SUNSHINE IN is an intimate, eccentric relationship movie all about the fragility and perseverance of the heart. Through a series of loose, seriocomic fragments, we follow the recently divorced Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) as she searches for another shot at love. She dates an array of deeply flawed men that include a handsome actor, an ungentlemanly banker, and a sensitive artist. Though none of these beaus seem to be for her, so she is left to decide between continuing her search for The One and enjoying life alone. Denis’ screenplay (which she co-wrote with playwright Christine Argot) identifies the fleeting joys and devastating lows we all experience in the dating chase with modesty and elegance. On the acting front, Binoche plays Isabelle with a sympathetic combination of passion and vulnerability. What may appear on the surface to be a conventional romantic comedy is actually a much deeper, more insightful exploration of the complexities of love.
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