Directed by Moshé Mizrahi • 1970 • France
Starring Bernadette Lafont, Michel Duchaussoy, Serge Marquand
A long-lost gem of New Wave–inspired French cinema, LES STANCES À SOPHIE (“Sophie’s Ways”) features an exhilarating avant-garde jazz soundtrack by the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago that ranks among the greatest film scores of all time. Céline (Bernadette Lafont) is a free-spirited woman who finds herself caught in a stifling marriage to a dull middle manager (Michel Duchaussoy). Searching for release, Céline turns to painting and writes essays on the inequity between genders as she asserts her independence and gradually frees herself from her husband’s claustrophobic world.