Rotterdam 2021: The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet, A Corsican Summer, and Charlotte Gainsbourg in Suzanne Andler

Posted on February 6, 2021


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Charlotte Gainsbourg captures both the “First World Problem”-ness of her situation as well as the genuine quandary a married woman finds herself in.

Spoilers ahead…

In her acclaimed novel, Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf described a single day in the life of her titular protagonist. In his new movie, Suzanna Andler, Benoît Jacquot describes a single day in the life of his titular protagonist. The similarities extend to a style that might be termed “stream of consciousness” — indeed, despite the actions of its actors, the film seems to play out in passive voice. Suzanna is a very wealthy woman. Rather, she is married to a very wealthy man, whose relationship with her is described with exquisite precision. He adores her. But he also makes her rue that she is the most cheated-upon wife in the French Riviera. “Has he had enough of me?” she asks a woman who knows them both. The reply: “He’s had enough of marriage.”

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