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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.[2][3][4] The film is an adaptation of Roland Barthes's 1977 text A Lover's Discourse: Fragments (French: Fragments d’un discours amoureux).[5] Novelist Christine Angot[5][6] and frequent Denis collaborator Jean-Pol Fargeau[7] have both been reported as Denis's co-writers on the project. It opened the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[8][9] At Cannes, it won the SACD Award.[10]

Let the Sunshine In
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Film poster
Directed byClaire Denis
Produced byOliver Delbosc
Written by
  • Claire Denis
  • Christine Agnot
Based onA Lover's Discourse: Fragments
by Roland Barthes
Music byStuart A. Staples
CinematographyAgnès Godard
Edited byGuy Lecorne
Distributed byCuriosa Films
Release date
  • 18 May 2017 (2017-05-18) (Cannes)
  • 27 September 2017 (2017-09-27) (France)
Running time
94 minutes
Box office$3 million[1]


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.



The film began shooting in January 2017 in Creuse, France.[11] Shooting wrapped on 21 February 2017.[7]


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."[12] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

Glen Kenny of 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."[14] Greg Cwik of Slant Magazine called it "the most empathetic, heartfelt film of [Claire Denis'] illustrious career."[15]


  1. ^ "Un beau soleil intérieur". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ Collins, K. Austin (1 May 2017). "Review: Juliette Binoche Is Luminous in Sly Romance Let the Sunshine In". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  3. ^ Cuyer, Clement (3 January 2017). "Binoche et Depardieu vont porter des Lunettes noires pour Claire Denis". AlloCiné. Webedia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  4. ^ Warner, Sam (26 April 2017). "First image: Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis' 'Let The Sunshine In'". Screen Daily. Screen International. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b Duponchel, Marilou (7 April 2017). "Quels films seront sélectionnés à Cannes? Nos pronostics". Les Inrockuptibles. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  6. ^ Moine, Eddy (20 March 2017). "Claire Denis et ses "Fragments"". Challenges (in French). Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  7. ^ a b Lemercier, Fabian (22 February 2017). "Filming has wrapped on Let the Sunshine In by Claire Denis". Cineuropa. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Fortnight 2017: The 49th Directors' Fortnight Selection". Directors' Fortnight. French Directors Guild. Archived from the original on 19 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  9. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (19 April 2016). "Cannes: Juliette Binoche-Gerard Depardieu Drama to Kick Off Directors Fortnight". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  10. ^ Hopewell, John (26 May 2017). "Cannes: Chloe Zhao's 'The Rider' Tops Cannes' Directors' Fortnight". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  11. ^ Demars, Annaick (16 December 2016). "Juliette Binoche et Gérard Depardieu en tournage en Creuse". France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine. France Télévisions. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Let the Sunshine In Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  14. ^ Kenny, Glenn (27 April 2018). "Let the Sunshine In". Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  15. ^ Cwik, Greg (4 October 2017). "Let the Sunshine In". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 20 October 2018.

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