(out of 5)
Fascinating drama that takes on metaphysical proportions as young Camille celebrates his ninth birthday and then announces to his bourgeois mother (Isabelle Huppert) 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 (Jeanne Balibar) 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. Raoul 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.
Directed by Raoul Ruiz
Cinematography by Jacques Bouquin
Music by Jorge Arriagada
Production Design by Bruno Beauge
Costume Design by Nathalie Raoul
Film Editing by Mireille Hannon