Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 10 Best Films Of 2001 The 10 Best Films Of 2001 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More Exclusive: Matthew Gray Gubler Has Flashbacks In Clip From 'Suburban Gothic' Exclusive: Matthew Gray Gubler Has Flashbacks In Clip From 'Suburban Gothic' The 10 Best Films Of 2000 The 10 Best Films Of 2000 "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Bruno Dumont & Juliette Binoche Team For 'La Creatrice' Based On The Life Of Camille Claudel

Photo of Christopher Bell By Christopher Bell | The Playlist November 26, 2011 at 11:27AM

Well this is somewhat of a surprise. Largely known as a filmmaker that specializes in employing amateur actors, it appears that the seventh film by Bruno Dumont will be led by none other than cinephile sweetheart Juliette Binoche. Considering the "Certified Copy" actress' determination to work with every auteur out there it seems like a logical next step for her, but for the French philosophy-professor-turned-movie-director it's some new ground. Maybe it's training for that eventual project with Tom Cruise (note: never gonna happen).
0
La Creatrice Bruno Dumont Juliette Binoche

Well this is somewhat of a surprise. Largely known as a filmmaker that specializes in employing amateur actors, it appears that the seventh film by Bruno Dumont will be led by none other than cinephile sweetheart Juliette Binoche. Considering the "Certified Copy" actress' determination to work with every auteur out there it seems like a logical next step for her, but for the French philosophy-professor-turned-movie-director it's some new ground. Maybe it's training for that eventual project with Tom Cruise (note: never gonna happen).

The source material is also quite different from his usual wheelhouse. Titled "La Creatrice," the film is based on the true account of the sculptor Camille Claudel who was injected into a mental asylum by her family, spending her last thirty years in the nut house without ever touching her art again. There's definitely plenty of meat in that tale, which fellow Frenchmen Bruno Nuytten would agree with -- his debut feature "Camille Claudel" shared the same topic and caught much acclaim, garnering two Oscar noms (Best Actress and Best Foreign) while taking a Silver Bear at Berlin and over seven Cesars (including Best Film) at the 1989 Cesar Awards.

We're not familiar with the earlier movie ourselves, but the two seem different enough to warrant another go around: Nuytten's picture was a three hour epic that seemed to focus more on Claudel's relationship with sculptor Auguste Rodin, the man she frequently collaborated with and eventually became mistress to. There's some pretty ecstatic reviews of the two leads, Isabelle Adjani and Gerard Depardieu, but detractors complain of the high melodrama and mammoth running time. Given Dumont's generally cold, minimalistic style (and the lack of Rodin mention in the admittedly bare plot details), we can't see the two pictures sharing too much in common.

As for the director himself, we're pretty split. Personally this writer finds him a bit too chilly and calculating sometimes, often taking generic and predictable directions or weak, obvious metaphors over anything actually human. That said, "The Life of Jesus" was incredibly strong, "Humanite" a decent follow-up and after some misfires ("Twentynine Palms," "Flanders"), "Hadewijch" was a firm, much-needed return to form. Then again, our man at Cannes caught "Outside Satan" and was pretty much bored to tears, so maybe it was a fluke. Even so, his movies always contain a few masterful, unsettling scenes and Binoche might be the extra charge he needs to make something really powerful.

This article is related to: Bruno Dumont, Juliette Binoche, La Creatrice


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates