Archive of films Let the Sunshine In / Un beau soleil intérieur

2017, 94 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2017

Divorced artist Isabelle, played by the captivating Juliette Binoche, is determined to find the love of her life and, convinced that he exists, she has no intention of backing down. Four years on, Claire Denis returned to Cannes with a film that might have been described as a melodrama or romantic comedy if she hadn’t, of course, deftly overturned everything we could conceivably associate with these genres.


Four years on, Claire Denis returned to the Cannes festival with a film that might have been described as a melodrama or romantic comedy if she hadn’t, of course, refuted or deftly overturned all the clichés associated with these genres. The premise is simple: Divorced artist Isabelle, played by the enchanting Juliette Binoche, is looking for true love, but she tends to place her hopes in men who hardly measure up to this ideal. With a panache all her own, the director doesn’t regale us with a fluid story, but instead reveals the most eloquent episodes from Isabelle’s life. These she pieces together to form the personality of an indecisive, neurotic, yet irresistibly charming woman who, only right at the very end, reveals to the viewer her guide to finding The One. They say we’re not supposed to leave the theatre before the credits role and, in the case of Let the Sunshine In, this is doubly true.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

Claire Denis (b. 1948, Paris) spent her childhood in colonial Africa. In France she began studying economics and then moved over to the IDHEC film school. She worked as assistant director for Jacques Rivette, Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch. She debuted in 1988 with Chocolat, screened in the main competition at Cannes. Karlovy Vary audiences had a chance to see I Can’t Sleep (J’ai pas sommeil, 1994), Nenette and Boni (1996), awarded the Golden Leopard at the Locarno IFF, 35 Shots of Rum (2008) and White Material (2009). The Berlinale screened the film Good Work (Beau travail, 1999). Czech audiences are also familiar with her erotic horror tale Trouble Every Day (2001) and the series of film vignettes Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002), for which she created the segment “Towards Nancy” (“Vers Nancy”). The later films Bastards (Les Salauds, 2013) and Let the Sunshine In (2017) were premiered at Cannes.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Claire Denis
Screenplay: Claire Denis, Christine Angot
Dir. of Photography: Agnès Godard
Music: Stuart Staples
Editor: Guy Lecorne
Art Director: Arnaud de Moleron
Producer: Olivier Delbosc
Production: Curiosa Films
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Gérard Depardieu, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Claire Tran
Sales: Playtime
Distributor: Artcam Films


Sylvie Leray

Distributor, Producer


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