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Both Sides of the Blade

Both Sides Of The Blade - a film by Claire Denis
Both Sides Of The Blade - a film by Claire Denis
Both Sides Of The Blade - a film by Claire Denis
Both Sides Of The Blade - a film by Claire Denis
IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS 1 SEP / SCREENING AT NZIFF (28 JUL-5 SEP)
Both Sides Of The Blade - a film by Claire Denis
Sexy, emotionally volatile, hot-blooded and stimulating. A rich, nuanced exploration of female desire. Binoche is marvellous.
A slow-burning, incendiary drama about the danger of old flames. Binoche and Lindon are both exquisite. Denis creates a contained backdraft of a film that’s as volatile and untamed as an inferno.
Smart, moody, superbly acted. A quietly devastating, stealth heartbreaker. Denis is a masterful director who always knows exactly what she’s doing. Binoche is transfixing.
Binoche's duets with Lindon show the two actors working at the top of their game, on a level of alertness and nuance that pays off in a fully Bergmanesque emotional showdown.
Denis’ rapport with her cast creates a rare magnetism; she truly understands the best way to utilise Binoche, Lindon and Colin. While audiences are used to seeing tales of infidelity, it’s rare to find one where there is such nuance and understanding.
A gripping, agreeably nuanced portrait of unchained, unashamed female desire. But plot essentials are almost incidental, since this is chiefly a knockout boxing match between two French screen heavyweights at the peak of their powers.
Director: Claire Denis
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon, Grégoire Colin, Mati Diop
Duration: 116mins
Country of Origin: France
MA15+
Strong sex scenes
Sexy, emotionally volatile, hot-blooded and stimulating. A rich, nuanced exploration of female desire. Binoche is marvellous.
A slow-burning, incendiary drama about the danger of old flames. Binoche and Lindon are both exquisite. Denis creates a contained backdraft of a film that’s as volatile and untamed as an inferno.
Smart, moody, superbly acted. A quietly devastating, stealth heartbreaker. Denis is a masterful director who always knows exactly what she’s doing. Binoche is transfixing.
Binoche's duets with Lindon show the two actors working at the top of their game, on a level of alertness and nuance that pays off in a fully Bergmanesque emotional showdown.
Denis’ rapport with her cast creates a rare magnetism; she truly understands the best way to utilise Binoche, Lindon and Colin. While audiences are used to seeing tales of infidelity, it’s rare to find one where there is such nuance and understanding.
A gripping, agreeably nuanced portrait of unchained, unashamed female desire. But plot essentials are almost incidental, since this is chiefly a knockout boxing match between two French screen heavyweights at the peak of their powers.

WINNER - 2022 BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Best Director

Cinema icons Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon share the big screen for the first time in the explosive new romantic drama from celebrated auteur Claire Denis (Beau Travail, Let The Sunshine In), a blazing story about a passionate, complicated woman caught between two very different men.

Public radio presenter Sara (Binoche) and Jean (Lindon) are in love, and have been living together for a decade. When they first met, Sara was in a relationship with François (Grégoire Colin) while Jean, a pro rugby star, was married with a son. Their relationship has been relatively secure, even surviving a stint in prison by Jean for shady business dealings.

One day, seemingly out of the blue, François returns to Paris and contacts Jean, suggesting he come work for him; he’s starting an agency for sports stars and wants Jean’s expertise in identifying talent. When Sara first sees Francois again - in the distance, across a carpark - she’s overcome with emotion. Soon, things rapidly spiral out of control…

Packed with erotic frisson and a series of dramatic, emotionally-charged encounters, the superbly acted BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE delivers two powerhouse actors working at the very top of their game.

Both Sides Of The Blade - a film by Claire Denis
IN AUSTRALIAN CINEMAS 1 SEP / SCREENING AT NZIFF (28 JUL-5 SEP)
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