Anatomy of a Fall

Anatomy of a Fall
Date: 07/05/2024 Times: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Anatomy of a Fall has caused something of a sensation in the film world. It won the Palme d’Or at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival but was not chosen by France to represent it at the Oscar ceremony, apparently because the director, Justine Triet, was not in favour. It did win an Oscar, and a BAFTA and Golden Globe, for the Best Original Screenplay by Triet and her partner, Arthur Harari, and won Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes and the British Independent Film Awards. Sight and Sound (magazine of the British Film Institute) made it the 8th best film of 2023.

For the past year, Sandra (Sandra Hüller), her husband Samuel (Samuel Theis), and their eleven-year-old son Daniel have lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, the police question whether he was murdered or committed suicide. Samuel’s suspicious death is presumed murder, and Sandra becomes the main suspect. What follows is not just an investigation into the circumstances of Samuel’s death but an unsettling psychological journey into the depths of Sandra and Samuel’s conflicted relationship. Hüller’s calm directness as an actor is what gives the film its texture, substance and emotional force. She anchors it in a kind of accessible reality: we naturally sympathise with her, and yet Triet shows us that she is capable of transparent lies, lies which are almost credible because Hüller is such a plausible personality. The men that surround her seem to be over-emotional, more emotional than her, odd, as she is the one facing a prison sentence. It’s a film that keeps you involved and wondering.

Anatomy of a Fall

Year: 2023

Country: France

Cert: 15

Duration: 151 mins

Dir: Justine Triet

'A fabulous courtroom drama'

Venue: William Loveless Hall