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Camille Claudel 1915 (PG)

Biography, Drama

Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.

The critical consensus

Juliette Binoche is brilliant, but the movie is a bit of a slog.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 15/06/2014

The film stops dead in its tracks with the introduction of stout Catholic brother Paul Claudel (Vincent), a curious result considering that the minimal drama the film has stems from whether his promised visit will actually take place.

**(*)(*)(*)Josh Slater-Williams, The Skinny, 16/06/2014

What emerges is a demanding but hypnotic, probing portrait of an artist denied her art, by a director in total command of his.

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 16/06/2014

As meticulous as one of Claudel's sculptures, Hors Satan director Dumont and his star do this true-life story justice with an empathetic telling.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 16/06/2014

Will stay with you for a long time — despite your sanity.

Violet Lucca, Little White Lies, 19/06/2014

Camille Claudel 1915 is a measured, challenging historical drama but also one of Dumont's more accessible films.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 17/06/2014

This is a stark film, about the human condition at its most base and degraded.

****(*)Laurence Phelan, The Independent, 19/06/2014

With this movie, Dumont adds to a body of commandingly serious work.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/06/2014

A luminous performance from Juliette Binoche is the star attraction in this intense and challenging historical drama.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 20/06/2014

This is a difficult film, but made with impressive formal rigour.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 20/06/2014

A powerhouse performance by Juliette Binoche provides the beating, tortured heart of this finely wrought and very affecting film about the later life of sculptor Camille Claudel.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 22/06/2014

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday June 20, 2014, until Thursday June 26, 2014. More info:

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