Dir. Bruno Nuytten, 1988, 175 min, DCP
With Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grévill, Philippe Clévenot, Katrine Boorman, Roger Planchon, and Jean-Pierre Sentier
In French with English subtitles
This lavish but emotionally bare biopic is one of the great labors of love of Adjani’s career, a project she initiated and co-produced in order to turn the spotlight on the overlooked work of sculptress Camille Claudel, scorned mistress of Rodin and above all an artist of genius in her own right.
As Camille Claudel to Gérard Depardieu’s Rodin, Adjani returns to the theme of love verging on madness, bringing the weight of experience and the memory of her defining movie roles to craft one of her most intense performances—and earn her third César win and second Oscar nomination.
Nominated for an Academy Award in 1989 for Best Foreign Language Film.
“Miss Adjani looks magnificent even when she’s supposed to be a mess.” – The New York Times