Let the Sunshine In (film)
Let the Sunshine In (French: Un beau soleil intérieur), or Bright Sunshine In, is a 2017 French romantic drama film directed by Claire Denis. The film is an adaptation of Roland Barthes's 1977 text A Lover's Discourse: Fragments (French: Fragments d’un discours amoureux). Novelist Christine Angot and frequent Denis collaborator Jean-Pol Fargeau have both been reported as Denis's co-writers on the project. It opened the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, it won the SACD Award.
|Let the Sunshine In|
|Directed by||Claire Denis|
|Produced by||Oliver Delbosc|
|Based on||A Lover's Discourse: Fragments|
by Roland Barthes
|Music by||Stuart A. Staples|
|Edited by||Guy Lecorne|
|Distributed by||Curiosa Films|
|Box office||$3 million|
A divorced middle aged artist named Isabelle has an off-again, on-again relationship with a married banker, Vincent. Disgusted by his bourgeois attitude she begins a series of other relationships, constantly looking for love. She meets and feels an instant connection with an actor who, after she sleeps with him, reveals he is not actually separated from his wife.
She begins sleeping with her ex-husband again but picks a fight with him causing them to end their relationship again.
Isabelle eventually is wooed by Marc, an influential member of the art world who says that he wants things to progress slowly between them and offers her a chance at a serious relationship. However Isabelle goes to see a psychic who tells her that the relationship will not pan out but nevertheless she should keep looking for the right man.
- Juliette Binoche as Isabelle
- Xavier Beauvois as Vincent
- Philippe Katerine as Mathieu
- Josiane Balasko as Maxime
- Sandrine Dumas as Ariane
- Nicolas Duvauchelle as The actor
- Alex Descas as Marc
- Laurent Grévill as François
- Bruno Podalydès as Fabrice
- Paul Blain as Sylvain
- Gérard Depardieu as Denis
- Valeria Bruni Tedeschi as The woman in the car
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 86% based on 119 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 7.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Let the Sunshine In pairs a powerful performance from Juliette Binoche with a layered drama that presents director Claire Denis at her most assured." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Glen Kenny of RogerEbert.com gave the film 4 stars out of 4, saying, "the film does confront the fact that particularly for women, pursuing desire in middle age is a fraught path." Greg Cwik of Slant Magazine called it "the most empathetic, heartfelt film of [Claire Denis'] illustrious career."
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