From the Land of the Moon
Directed by Nicole Garcia
An adaptation of Milena Agus' eponymous novel set after WWII, "Mal de Pierres" ("Mal di Pietre") spans 20 years, following the destiny of a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man.
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★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
Just, y'know, Marion continuing to prove that she's one of the greatest actors of her generation. And those sparse moments of original scoring, good lord. My first Garcia film, and I don't think she'll be leaving my radar anytime soon.
(A lot of people are probably going to dislike this, and for allllll the wrong reasons IMO; there are going to be misunderstandings of directorial intentions/motivations galore, mostly related to gender politics and psychological authenticity.)
★★★★ review by Marina Antunes on Letterboxd
Marion Cotillard is brilliant as a free spirited young woman coming of age in post WWII France who is forced to marry a man she doesn’t love only to realize years later the sacrifices he made for her happiness. Gorgeously directed by Nicole Garcia, this lovely story of a woman coming to terms with her life is beautiful and touches on everything from suppressed sexuality to depression. A lovely, intimate story with great performances from Cotillard and Àlex Brendemühl.
★★★★ review by Dillon Freeman on Letterboxd
We are so lucky to have Marion
★★★★½ review by Ed Scheid on Letterboxd
Marion Cotillard gives a masterful performance as an intensely romantic woman with thwarted longings, making for a gripping film. Director Nicole Garcia effectively builds tension and elicits fine performances from her supporting cast.
★★★½ review by Carlos Magalhães on Letterboxd
Marion Cotillard composes her character with enough sensitivity to prevent her from becoming insufferable in her selfishness, managing to make us feel sympathy for a pitiful woman who is in desperate need to surrender to her sexual urges and a love that will consume her.
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