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BY HEART

Par Coeurs

Benoît Jacquot | 2022 | 76 MINS
France | Subtitles
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A rare treat for fans of Isabelle Huppert and Fabrice Luchini, this revealing documentary is a fly on the wall portrait of their talents, both of them inadvertently performing a version of themselves as actors.

In Detail

Isabelle Huppert is one of the most iconic actresses of her generation. An artist on a stage, we get a close-up portrait of her over a hot summer as she prepares for a role in Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’ on a large outdoor stage in Avignon. We are with her both onstage and behind the scenes, as the always stylish Huppert rehearses with fellow actor Fabrice Luchini. Interviewed with a handheld camera, much of which takes place in a moving vehicle, Huppert learns her lines and offers an oblique peek at her thoughts and feelings while preparing for an upcoming stage production.

A vivid, elegant and unmistakably French portrait with an attentive eye for all the little details that have made Huppert something as rare as an arthouse superstar. Is Isabelle Huppert as cool and charismatic behind the scenes as she is in front of a camera? Mais oui!

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