"The film shows in three sections: a young woman alone in a first floor room; through a window door that she leaves open, she will eventually leave it. The same young woman hitchhiking on a rainy highway, then in the company of a truck driver who gives her a ride for a while. Finally, an abrupt cut makes her arrive at the house of another young woman with whom there is apparently a friendship and love relationship whose continuation seems rather uncertain."
Julia Bantzer, Viennale.at
"One of the joys of this film is that I can simultaneously enjoy and abandon my new reading. For example, where is my theory of the toddler navigating the world in the extraordinary and challenging ten-minute sex scene near the end of the film, which indeed follows the reaching forward and button-opening that led to my first thoughts about toddlers? As you watch and think about this film, you have to keep rethinking and reorienting yourself."
Tamara Tracz, Senses of Cinema, 07.07.2013
"I think a lot about her films, but also about her way of thinking, her life, her voice. I listen to her talk about cinema in archives from different eras, and it makes me feel good. I admire her more and more."
Céline Sciamma, interview with Jacques Morice and Guillemette Odicino, Télérama, 06/31/2021
Supporting film: Pauline
8 min. color. Digital SD. F/d
Director: Céline Sciamma
With: Anaïs Demoustier, Adèle Haenel
"In a simple eight-minute monologue shot mostly in one long, static take, Celine Sciamma manages to capture all the themes that make up her work: growing up, queer identity, and people, especially teenagers, searching for a place where they belong. (...) Pauline lies on a bed, fidgeting and squirming, and becomes visibly emotional as she describes how a boy she dated outed her as a lesbian and she was subsequently mocked by her entire small town during a high school play."
Daniel Sarath, Best in Film
Contributors and additional information:
86 min. bw. DCP. F/d Director: Chantal Akerman Screenplay: Chantal Akerman, Eric De Kuyper, Paul Paquay Cinematography: Bénédicte Delesalle, Renelde Dupont, Charlotte Szlovak Editing: Luc Fréché, Geneviève Luciani With: Chantal Akerman, Niels Arestrup, Claire Wauthion
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