FROM 17 Feb
When a frustrated writer (Samuel Theis) dies of suspicious causes, the clues he left behind would appear to implicate his wife (Sandra Hüller who came to attention in ‘Toni Erdmann’).
If the death in the French Alps was a suicide, then what follows is incredibly cruel, as his grieving wife is hauled into court and tried for his murder.
Their 11-year-old son (Milo Machado Graner) who is blind, is obsessed with trying to make sense of what happened, whereas it is the death of the marriage, not the husband, that preoccupies Palme d’Or wining director Justine Triet. She posits the disturbing question: Can any couple’s relationship withstand the kind of scrutiny that this one is subjected to, as old fights and infidelities are dragged into the open?
Unfolding in both French and English, Triet has intrigued Festival audiences by turning what could have been a hackneyed courtroom drama upside down with an approach that is rigorous and almost documentary-like in its forensic examination.
Deservedly won the Palme D’Or at Cannes.
“Continually takes your breath away” ★★★★★ The Telegraph
"Sandra Hüller gives an Oscar-worthy performance" The New European
“A captivating and emotionally searing Alpine murder-mystery” ★★★★ Time Out
“A gripping masterpiece” The Playlist
"Mesmerising" ★★★★★ Evening Standard
“A scintillating, provocative thriller” Vox