french films > Suzanne




Review score: * * * * *

cast: Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenel

year: 2013

colour: yes

certificate: 12

director: Katell Quillévéré

runtime: 94

Suzanne (Sara Forestier) isn’t just the subject but also the troublesome centre of this ambitious and fascinatingly slippery family drama from Katell Quillévéré (Love Like Poison). Over several years the film follows the lives of Suzanne and her younger sister Maria (Adèle Haenel), daughters of a widowed lorry driver. Constantly surprising, the film makes a series of unexpected leaps in time, all the better to remind us that real life never follows a straight narrative path. Terrifically performed, and written and directed with mesmerising confidence, Suzanne brings a poetry and fierce intelligence to the French cinema of everyday intimacy.


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