Full-blooded, thrilling, gruelling, brilliantly acted and filmed rollercoaster-ride through the life of the hugely controversial and mysterious Claudel. Adjani is sensational in the role of a lifetime (if not SEVERAL lifetimes!). The movie rushes at breathtaking speed and at a level of emotional intensity you rarely see in a movie without it becoming overwrought (it doesn't). Really this is such an underrated and unfairly neglected piece of work.
Certainly if you are at all interested in Claudel you should watch, even if only to cavill and disagree; if you dig French movies in general, it's a must; an Adjani or Depardieu fan? then why haven't you seen it yet?; an artist? few films examine the creative impulse as profoundly and uncompromisingly as this...
I didn't like all of it, didn't agree with all of its conclusions, but couldn't help but be knocked out by the sheer power of the whole.
A terrific Biopic, a terrific French movie, a terrific period movie, a terrific movie, PERIOD.