Isabelle Huppert

La Truite

April 7th, 2011 by Wayward Muse

This is a rather odd character-driven movie that will appeal to a rather limited audience. This film could almost be considered feminist, but it isn’t really. It is primarily the story of Frédérique, played by Huppert, a young woman who, utterly disgusted by her father and his friend’s constant womanizing, becomes determined to get as much from men as possible, without giving anything in return. The movie is largely about watching her do just this, with a variety of men. Read More…

Private Property

April 7th, 2011 by Wayward Muse

This is a complex, twisted tale of family dysfunction that requires patience, attentiveness, and the ability and inclination to watch faces and bodies for clues to emotions and thoughts. It’s not a “talky” movie. The characters don’t tell us or each other much of what is actually going on with their thoughts and emotions. But it is painfully realistic—the essence of dysfunction is the breakdown of healthy communication, and in this film the viewer is dropped into a situation where they are in exactly the same situation as the family members—adrift in an uncharted sea without map or compass, trying to make do. Read More…

La Vie Promise

April 5th, 2011 by Wayward Muse

This film is the story of a woman suffering from severe mental illness, possibly exacerbated by drug-addiction. Whether or not she finds anything approaching redemption or healing at the end of her Odyssey depends totally on how much the viewer is willing to suspend reason and believe fully in the power of love to heal all. As her present and her past unfold, we realize she has been in and out of a mental health institution, possibly more than once, and has been loved deeply by a husband who was probably helpless before her mental illness, though he tried his best. Read More…

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