Directed by Bruno Dumont • 2013 • France
Starring Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent
Juliette Binoche gives a mesmerizing performance as the sculptor Camille Claudel during the time when she was imprisoned in an insane asylum. Camille was also the sister of the Christian mystic poet Paul Claudel, the last of her family to pay her regular visits. Inspired by the correspondence between Paul and Camille, writer-director Bruno Dumont focuses on Camille’s struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy in a crowd of schizophrenics. Struggling from bouts of paranoia (she believes her mentor and lover Rodin is poisoning her), she focuses on her art and her family as pillars of sanity, until those too begin to crumble. Dumont shot the film in a real asylum with a supporting cast of actual patients and their nurses, highlighting the thin line between the insane and those who treat them.