Arte broadcasts this drama by Katell Quillévéré at 8:55 pm.
After A Violent Poison, and before Repair the living, Katell Quillévéré has turned Suzanne, a beautiful portrait of a woman that Arte will offer tonight. Adele Haenel had also received the César for best actress in a supporting role for this film. First highly recommend it.
Note that the film will be followed bya documentary on film pioneer Alice Guy, which is already visible on Arte.TV.
“‘Because I wanted to.’ This answer from Suzanne to her father asking him why she decided, at 17, to keep the child she is expecting from whoever applies to her whole life. Yes, Suzanne does what pleases her, even if it means paying a high price. The (physical) slap she receives at that time is the first in a long series of (moral) slaps. This second feature film by Katell Quillévéré is interested in the previous one, Un poison violent (2010), with the roughness of young girls. From a naturalism close to documentary (antediluvian Minitel and pilled sweaters), from a romantic which does not neglect surrealism (appearances of the loved one in improbable places), Suzanne is the sad and cheerful story, over twenty-five years, of a zigzag destiny. With astonishing ellipses that highlight the key moments, the choices – good or bad – made at each crossing . In this family, there is all the tenderness in the world but everyone is looking for their place. The father, a widower, tries to be also a mother, and the little sister must be wise since her eldest is not. Suzanne, she clings to love like a drowned woman on a branch. Sara Forestier and Adèle Haenel are overwhelming, they go from adolescence to adulthood with breathtaking evidence. With the exception of a few wig hairs, François Damiens is perfect. Social determinism weighs its weight, attributable to the absence of the father and a future without a future. Yet the inner strength of the ordinary heroines that Katell Quillévéré portrays is insolent. A great director is born. “
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