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Isabelle Huppert Retrospective at Ciné Lumière in May

From 01/05/2016 at 14:00 to 30/05/2016 at 20:00

As Isabelle Huppert hits the stage of the Barbican Centre in Phaedra(s) (9-18 June), Ciné Lumière saw fit to dedicate a retrospective of her most iconic films throughout May and June.
She first won our hearts by losing hers in Claude Goretta's 1977 film The Lace-Maker. It was, so to speak, love At First Sight, as in Diane Kurys 1983 nostalgic piece. Since then she has displayed on stage as much as in front of the camera an astonishing range of strong and fierce rebels or lonely-hearts, always challenging parts, never a dull performance. A muse to Claude Chabrol and Michael Haneke, she has inspired some of the finest and most demanding directors from Jean-Luc Godard and Maurice Pialat to Andrzej Wajda and Hong Sang-soo, in an international, multi-awarded and incredibly prolific career.

La Dentellière
La Dentellière

Pomme (Isabelle Huppert), 19 years old is an apprentice in a hairdresser shop. She is very quiet and shy. Her opposite is Marylène (Florence Giorgetti), her collègue who likes to flirt and speaks loudly, this one decides to take Pomme under her wings. They go on holidays together to Cabourg where Pomme meets François (Yves Beneyton), a young and clever student with whom she falls in love. But when they come back to Paris, François says to Pomme that they have to live their life apart because of their different backgroung. Will Pomme accept it?

1952 in post-war France, Lena (Isabelle Huppert) and Madeleine (Miou-Miou), two opposed women meet, and the intensity of their relationship spins both their marriages to the breaking point. Charm predominates in this nostalgic piece based on the life of Diane Kurys’s mother.

Une Affaire de Femmes
Une Affaire de Femmes

During World War II, Marie Latour (Isabelle Huppert) raises her two children in a ratty flat. First helping out a friend getting rid of an unwanted burden, she discovers she can make money performing abortions, and renting out her bedrooms to prostitutes. But under the occupation, Vichy France is on the watch and not forgiving.



Erica (Isabelle Huppert) is in her late 30s and a piano teacher at the conservatory in Vienna. Living alone with her elderly mother and emotionally sealed off from the world, Erika’s only sex life is provided by voyeurism and masochistic injuries until one of her students attempts to seduce her.

Rare fact, the film garnered 3 prizes in Cannes: the Grand Prix, the Best Actress award for Isabelle Huppert and the award for Best Actor award for Benoît Magimel.

An illiterate maid (Sandrine Bonnaire) hired by a well-meaning bourgeois family,forms a dangerous relationship with a bitter postal clerk (Isabelle Huppert). The older woman instils her protegée with a hatred of the bourgeoisie, and together they slowly and unpleasantly, begin to vent their frustration.

Beautifully shaped and paced, Claude Chabrol’s suspenseful thriller is a bleak observation on class power play which won Isabelle Huppert the Best Actress César Award.

Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary

Claude Chabrol’s adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s novel offered Isabelle Huppert one of her best roles.In 19th Century France, Emma Bovary (Isabelle Huppert), a farmer’s daughter brought up in an elegant convent, marries a dull country doctor (Jean-François Balmer). Full of romantic aspirations and dreams of luxury, she soon throws herself into love affairs to escape boredom.

Three different people find themselves somehow entangled in each other’s lives. As a mistress abandons her lover for country life, another young woman comes to the capital to become a prostitute. This is one of the most personal works by Godard, characterised by his stylistic wit and haunting elegance.

  • Amateur (Hal Hartley, 1994) - Fri 27 May at 6.30pm

An amnesiac man with a shady past (Martin Donovan) meets a guardian angel in the form of an ex-nun (Isabelle Huppert), trying to make a go of it as a pornographic author and convinced – despite of her total inexperience – that she is a nymphomaniac… Together they set out to discover his past, a past waiting to catch up with him.

  • Gabrielle (Louise Archambault, 2013) - Sun 29 May at 4pm
Based on Joseph Conrad’s novella The Return, the film tells the story of an upper class woman, Gabrielle, who leaves her husband in the morning only to return to him inexplicably the same evening. Theatrical in its language and staging, but cinematic in its use of widescreen and visual effects, Gabrielle is a stylized examination of a suddenly-imploded marriage.

Set against a backdrop of political and violent unrest in Africa, White Material focuses on Maria, a fierce and fearless white woman, who refuses to leave her coffee plantation and to acknowledge the danger to which she is exposing her family. For her, to leave is to surrender…

White Material
White Material
  • Copacabana (Marc Fitoussi, 2010) - Thu 2 June at 8.40pm
  • In another country (Sang-soo Hong, 2012) - Sat 4 June at 6.30pm
  • Heaven's Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980) - Sun 5 June at 4.40pm
  • Villa Amalia (Benoît Jacquot, 2009) - Tue 7 June at 8.40pm
When concert pianist Anne discovers that her partner has been unfaithful she decides to cut off all connections with the life she one led. Whilst in the midst of closing bank accounts and getting rid of both her apartment and her career she realises that she cannot do without a close friend named Georges who she has just become reacquainted with.
  • Saint Cyr (Patricia Mazuy, 2000) - Thu 9 June at 8.40pm
  • Valley of Love (Guillaume Nicloux, 2014) - Sat 11 June at 5pm (Q&A with Isabelle Huppert)
  • Isabelle in conversation with Stephen Frears - Sat 11 June at 3.30pm
  • Loulou - Sun 12 June at 4.20pm

Huppert and Depardieu are at their seating best in Pialat's savage exploration of a love affair between a petite bourgeoise and the rough "marginal" character for whom she abandons her comfortable life and friends. Marchand is superb in support, and the film confirms Pialat's position as one of France's leading filmmakers. 


31/03/2016 - marcusepaul said :

Vous vous êtes trompés de "Gabrielle". L'affiche et le résumé du film de Chéreau seraient plus appropriés.


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