By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 31, 2012 at 6:10PM
Isabelle Huppert has already had a busy festival year in 2012, with two movies playing at Cannes (Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Hong Sang-soo's "In Another Country") and Brillante Mendoza's "Captive" screening in Berlin. And it doesn't stop there.
The actress crosses the pond for Italian master Marco Bellochio's ("Fists In The Pocket") "Dormant Beauty," which like Haneke's film, also explores death, albeit from a different angle. Here's the official synopsis: Italy is cleaved by Eluana Englaro’s drama, who will die after 17 years spent in a vegetative state. This national tragedy will touch and transform various characters, each of them with their own ideology and beliefs. A senator is struggling with his vote on a law he profoundly disagrees with, torn between his conscience and his loyalty towards the leaders of his party. His daughter Maria, a pro-life activist, is protesting in front of the clinic where Eluana is hospitalized. Roberto and his brother are there in opposition, demonstrating for stronger secular values — yet it is with Roberto, the “enemy” that Maria falls in love. These and other converging stories are connected by a unique emotional thread: a reflection on the meaning of life.
The film makes its International Premiere at TIFF and is still seeking North American distribution.