Challenging role for luminous Binoche

Juliette Binoche in Camille Claudel 1915 3195637j
Juliette Binoche in Camille Claudel 1915 3195637j

Juliette Binoche is one of the most popular current French actresses and also one of the most adventurous.

This is confirmed by her appearance in Bruno Dumont’s film Camille Claudel 1915 which will be screened at the Curzon Cinema next Wednesday November 25 by the Eastbourne Film Society with seats available for the public.

The life of the sculptress Camille Claudel, born in 1864, is well known and not least the fact that for many years she was the mistress of the artist Rodin.

Camille Claudel 1915 is a stark work - the screenplay is based on her medical records and diaries - and in no sense intended as an entertainment. However, the film gives us a movingly intense portrait of Camille Claudel’s situation often conveyed more by facial expressions than through words. Binoche knew that it would be challenging but her performance, unsparing as it is, is her finest ever.