What are we without our memories and most-treasured possessions? That’s the question posed in the affecting new film from Julie Bertuccelli (Since Otar Left) starring Catherine Deneuve & Chaira Mastroianni.

La Dernière Folie de Claire Darling
Director: Julie Bertuccelli
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastrioanni, Alice Taglioni
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: France

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Claire Darling

★★★★
“Deneuve reigns.”
Louis Guichard, TÉLÈRAMA

“A poignant study of mortality and memory, elevated by strong intertextual performances. Deneuve, the Grande dame of French cinema, is convincing… her scenes with Mastroianni are fascinating to watch.”
Sean McDonald, FILMINK

★★★★
“Directed with elegance and sensitivity.”
Jacky Bornet, CULTUREBOX

“A gentle, subtle film about a mature woman’s confused emotions, complex attachments, family conflicts and all the treasured objects that trigger such memories. The ending is a ripper. How wonderful that we can still see an actress like Deneuve at the peak of her powers and experience.”
Susan Mitchell, INDAILY

What are we without our memories and most-treasured possessions? That’s the question that we’re invited to contemplate in CLAIRE DARLING, the thoughtful and affecting new film from Julie Bertuccelli (Since Otar Left), based on the best-selling novel by Lynda Rutledge.

On the first day of summer, reclusive millionaire Claire (Catherine Deneuve) lays all of her worldly objects out on the front lawn of her mansion, impulsively determined to sell everything. As a horde of curious bystanders and opportunistic neighbours fight over the ridiculously underpriced antiques, each object stirs vivid memories for Claire of her flamboyant life. But soon, her long-estranged daughter Marie (Chiara Mastroianni) arrives, determined to stop these proceedings by any means…

Emotional, subtle and elegantly directed, CLAIRE DARLING is a deeply personal film for Bertuccelli, filmed in the estate of her own grandmother, and Deneuve is remarkable as always as the larger-than-life heiress, playing opposite her real-life daughter. This is a poignant story of emotional attachment, mis-remembered pasts, and the complexity of mother/daughter relationships. The ending may surprise you, and packs an emotional punch.

MORE…
“French director Julie Bertuccelli on life, death and Catherine Deneuve” – with The Age’s Jake Wilson (13/06/2019).

“Memories and secrets for sale in Claire Darling” – Ms. Bertuccelli with The Australian‘s Philippa Hawker (12/06/2019).

Claire Darling