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An Impossible Love

In the late 1950s in Châteauroux, France, Rachel, a modest office worker, meets Philippe, a brilliant young man born to a bourgeois family. This brief but passionate connection results in the birth of a daughter, Chantal. Philippe refuses to marry outside of his social class and Rachel has to raise their daughter alone. Regardless, Chantal is a great source of happiness for Rachel. She wishes for Philippe to legally acknowledge his daughter, which would give her his last name. A battle of more than ten years ensues, which will eventually break up all of their lives.

"Corsini is a film-maker who has always been drawn to the themes of female sexuality and the challenge and transgression that it represents. This is her best picture so far. 5/5" - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"The movie is plausible, tender and vibrant. Efira is excellent as a woman who habitually suffers in silence." - Edward Porter, Sunday Times

"A subtle, harrowing, acid-etched story of love and hate..." - Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

"This is the most accomplished and ambitious film to date from a director who has frequently explored female themes from a committed gender-politics perspective, but also employing an approachable mainstream art-house aesthetic." - Jonathan Romney, Screen International

 

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Directed by: 
Catherine Corsini
Running Time: 
135m
Country(ies): 
France, Belgium
Year: 
2019
Language: 
French
Starring: 
Virginie Efira, Niels Schneider, Jehnny Beth
Screenplay by: 
Christine Angot (book), Catherine Corsini
Rated: 
TBA

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