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Both Sides of the Blade (2022)

Director: Claire Denis Run Time: 116 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: Grégoire Colin, Hana Magimel, Juliette Binoche, Mati Diop, Vincent Lindon

Country: France
Language: French

About the film:

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival. Sara and Jean have been in a loving and stable relationship for ten years. When they first met, Sara was in a relationship with François, Jean’s best friend. One day, Sara sees François on the street. He does not see her, but she is overwhelmed by a sensation that her life could suddenly change. François does indeed get in touch with Jean to suggest that they work together again. Before long, things are in danger of spiraling out of control.

“What starts like a constrained and unusually jagged French drama is eventually forged into an incendiary portrait of three people.”

—David Ehrlich for IndieWire

About the filmmaker: 

Claire Denis is a writer and director known for her feature films including the universally acclaimed Beau Travail (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001), 35 Shots of Rum (2008), White Material (2009), and High Life (2018). For Both Sides of the Blade (2022), she won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival. Common themes in Denis’s work include obsession, desire, violence, sex, and feelings of being an outsider. Her directorial debut, Chocolat (1988), was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, and her most recent film Stars at Noon (2022) won the Grand Prix in 2022.

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