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Let the Sun Shine In

  • Directed by Claire Denis
  • France/Belgium, 2017, 95 mins., French

Living alone in Paris, Isabelle (Juliette Binoche), a divorced artist in her 50s, hopes that romantic hope springs eternal. But as she auditions a succession of prospective men with increasing exasperation, she ponders just what she’s seeking, and whether sex and companionship are really the keys to fulfillment. Featuring an ensemble of stellar French actors including Gérard Depardieu, Denis’s film offers a complex, feminist take on love and the quest to find Mr. Right while not being trapped by need, convention, or expectation. “An elegant, eccentric relationship comedy of ideas, highly rarefied and possessed of an almost inscrutable sophistication.” —The Guardian. In French with English subtitles.

Filmography: Bastards (2013), White Material (2009), 35 Shots of Rum (2008), The Intruder (2004), Friday Night (2002), Trouble Every Day (2001), Beau Travail (1999), Nenette and Boni (1996), I Can’t Sleep (1994), Chocolat (1988)

Reviews: Reverse Shot, The New Yorker, Sight & Sound, Little White Lies, Criterion Daily, Variety

Interviews: MUBI Notebook

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Claire Denis

Trouble Every Day

Sex and violence bleed together in Claire Denis’ erotic horror tale of an American scientist (Vincent Gallo) on honeymoon in Paris. His ulterior motives bring him into the orbit of Coré (Béatrice Dalle), a mysteriously seductive and dangerous woman. As a series of men are pulverized by sexual encounters with Coré, the parallels between her