Comedy Of Innocence (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

Original title:  Comedie de l’Innocence

France, 2000.  Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Les Films du CaméliaMACT Productions, Procirep, TF1 International.  Screenplay by , Raul Ruiz, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

Fascinating drama that takes on metaphysical proportions as young Camille celebrates his ninth birthday and then announces to his bourgeois mother () that he is not her son and wishes to be taken home. She treats the news like the bratty behaviour of the age until he reveals knowledge of names and addresses that he couldn’t have known, and she follows him on a trail to the home of a woman () whose own son died two years before in a drowning accident. Huppert is still sceptical, but once she realizes that she is losing her child to another woman, decides to do whatever it takes to keep her family together. Raul Ruiz’s direction is beautifully absorbing, eliciting from the magnificent lead actress a performance that is instantly heartbreaking and enigmatic at the same time, and the screenplay is excellent.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

Venice Film Festival:  In Competition

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