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5.0 out of 5 stars "Finely captures the era it portrays..."
Former cinematographer Bruno Nuytten`s directorial debut from 1988 which gained two Academy Award nominations in 1989, is based on the novel "Camille Claudel" by Reine-Marie Paris, grand-daughter of Camille Claudel`s brother Paul Claudel, which was adapted by Bruno Nuytten and Marylin Goldin. Isabelle Adjani won the Silver Berlin Bear at the 39th Berlin Film Festival in...
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2.0 out of 5 stars full nudity is not the stuff of a PG rating...
...again as I reviewed another film ( actually a series Last Tango in Halifax ) that was also rated PG/12 this is appalling...it is essentially a no holds barred series of frontal and back nude scenes justifiable ( as always in the lives of the art scene etc etc etc ) because Rodin is an artist and ditto Camille...he is also, as far as this version of events is concerned,...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Finely captures the era it portrays...", 2 Dec. 2011
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Former cinematographer Bruno Nuytten`s directorial debut from 1988 which gained two Academy Award nominations in 1989, is based on the novel "Camille Claudel" by Reine-Marie Paris, grand-daughter of Camille Claudel`s brother Paul Claudel, which was adapted by Bruno Nuytten and Marylin Goldin. Isabelle Adjani won the Silver Berlin Bear at the 39th Berlin Film Festival in 1989 for her role in this film which tells the story about French sculptor Camille Claudel (1864-1943) and her relationship with impressionist sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) who became her teacher and lover during the early 19th century in Paris, France before the First World War.

With warm, colorful visuals, atmospheric music and detailed milieu depictions, this precisely filmed character-driven drama finely captures the era it portrays and the development of an historic figure who became a true artist. Isabelle Adjani`s interpretation of an ardent and self-disciplined young woman raised in a middle-class family who struggled with her art and with her love is remarkable, and so is Gérard Depardieu`s performance as the love of her life Auguste Rodin. Their acting is solely reason enough to see this interesting biographical period piece which centres on an unusually crafted love-story between two great artists.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Remarkable., 10 Jan. 2008
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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.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A woman in a man's world, looking for some credit and not finding it..., 3 Dec. 2009
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Isabelle Adjani and Gerard Depardieu once again live up to their 'Heavyweights of French Cinema' reputation in this drama, based on actual events. I was not expecting Rodin to be quite like Gerard Depardieu, but it definitely worked. The chemistry between Adjani and Depardieu was electric.

It was a true story of the long affair between Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel. He was a celebrated and talented sculptor, and she was a sculptor in her own right and was also his student. They started an affair but she always wanted more, which he refused to give, and the consequence of that was her eventual insanity.

An emotional, brilliant film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Art and obsession, 18 Oct. 2009
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This is a film that reflects well mental and emotional obsessions that can make or destroy both the beautifull and beauty. The obsession with created images as well as the obsession with the images or sources of creation. The atmosphere and settings are totaly convincing and well researched. It's a good film for anyone interested in the difference between great art and artists and how destructive and ruthless that can be.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, heartrending, breathtakingly beautiful, 5 Dec. 2001
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This is a film about passion and loyalty, focusing on Camille Claudel's true life, heartrending position on the wrong side of the equation. Those who know her lover, Rodin's, work, will appreciate the director's skill in replicating the sensuous, erotic quality of his scuptures in this beautiful film. As we watch a strong, magnificent creature destroyed by love, we question the nature of creativity, and more importantly, whether passion is of any worth at all.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a powerful story!, 10 Dec. 2008
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My tutor suggested I watched this film. I thought that 3 hours of subtitles and a French language screenplay would be more than I could stand, well I couldn't be more wrong! It was amazing. The time flew, the subtitles became second nature and I was 'hooked'.

Brilliant interaction between Rodin and Claudel.

Certainly recommend to anyone who's interested in art, especially sculpture and the male/female divide, if it exists...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An acting tour de force of the durability of the human spirit, 16 Aug. 2014
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This film is largely a tour de force performance by Juliette Binoche playing the film title's character, consigned to an asylum by her family after her failed relationship with Rodin the sculptor in the late 19th century led to her becoming a recluse. While Camille Claudel was in asylums for many years, the film's strength is to focus around three days in 1915 when her brother played by Jean Luc Vincent visited her.

Freely adapted from diaries, journals and medical records of Camille, her brother and the asylum's doctors, the film works based on its largely visual appeal and the use of real inmates from a lunatic asylum as extras and actors. Bruno Dumont the director admitted in an interview I read since seeing the film, that his luck was to find an asylum which let him both shoot there and felt the use of real inmates was a useful therapy for those inmates and whose families were willing to give the necessary permissions.

Shot largely in the barren Alps Cote D'Azur region, the rural asylum and surrounding countryside provide the perfect backdrop as the emotions of Camille play out in anticipation of the visit by her brother and its outcome. Binoche in nearly every scene by nuance and facial expressions shows the torment and anguish the real Camille must have gone through as her artistic talents get worn down by the mood of the asylum and her interaction with the nuns and medical staff who run it and the inmates, when as the lead doctor admits she should not be there.

The arrival of her mystic poet brother who she hopes will obtain her release falls away as one realises that he is the one who is insane and should be in the asylum but retains control over her and the doctors by having the money to do so.

One of those films the French in particular do so well, where not a lot happens action wise but by the end one feels like you have undergone a gruelling journey of revelation on the strength of the human spirit.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful but flawed., 2 Mar. 2009
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John Ferngrove (Hants UK) - See all my reviews
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I would really like to give this film 5 because the performances of Adjani and Depardieu are fully worthy of it, but to my mind, the film is flawed in other ways.

At nearly three hours there is no escaping that the film is too long. The first half or so dragged somewhat as the story plods through a linear narrative, spelling things out with an overlong explicitness. This is almost compensated for by the latter, more tragic part of the film, where the performances start to ignite, culminating in an ending that is inevitable but shocking all the same. It is to the film's credit that one is left rather stunned when the final credits roll, but this credit is mainly due to the principal actors.

While the first part of the film plods rather prosaically we suddenly reach a point where everything goes the other way. We are assailed with vignettes of encounters, cryptic comments and pointed significant moments which one is at first hard put to place in the narrative, until one has to admit that we no longer know what's going on anymore. Perhaps a second viewing would clear some of this up, but it became confusing in so many ways that it was hard not to feel that it was a problem with the film rather than a problem with attention.

Given the period, late 19th Century Paris, and given the central subject matter, Sculpture, one would be entitled to expect some interesting and perhaps sumptuous or dazzling photography and camerawork, but this does not transpire. Whilst there is sculpture all around throughout the film, at no point do we really get to linger on any of the works and contemplate them for their own beauty. It is definitely a film about people who happen to be sculptors rather than a film about sculpture. And there were various scenes of politely taking tea in petit bourgeois gardens, which gave scope for charming impressionist effects, but the lighting was actually handled in a flat, drab manner. A cinemagraphic opportunity lost.

My final criticism is the score which consists of a very limited palette of highly strung romantic string themes, which after nearly three hours become, for me anyway, quite maddening.

Despite this, the film is absolutely worth watching. Adjani's depiction of Claudel's mental collapse is viscerally compelling, leaving you a bundle of nerves at the finish. Depardieu's Rodin is authoritative but understated, his screen presence never losing it's magnetism. For these factors alone the film is a must see.
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2.0 out of 5 stars full nudity is not the stuff of a PG rating..., 28 April 2015
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...again as I reviewed another film ( actually a series Last Tango in Halifax ) that was also rated PG/12 this is appalling...it is essentially a no holds barred series of frontal and back nude scenes justifiable ( as always in the lives of the art scene etc etc etc ) because Rodin is an artist and ditto Camille...he is also, as far as this version of events is concerned, a serial adulterer, taking his wife to stay in the house of the parents of his latest mistress which is Camille ( for the time being...as Stravinsky did in the film about he and Chanel except it was Chanels house he brought his wife and four small children to stay in )...how cruel can a man be?...this is entirely unsuitable for 12 year olds and actually for me as well...had I known it was of this genre, and I would have understood that had it not had a PG rating, I would have avoided it...gratuitous nudity, like gratuitous sex and violence, is always in bad taste and entirely unnecessary....I turned it off disappointed...one for the bin.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why No Region 2?, 4 Sept. 2006
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This review is from: Camille Claudel (Ws Sub) [DVD] [1989] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I recently saw this wonderful film on TV and am desperate to own the DVD, but can there be any sane reason why a movie about a great French artist, filmed in France, in the French language, and starring a largely French cast, is NOT available in Europe (Region 2) and is only available in Canada and the USA?
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