Juliette Binoche travels to Sicily for one of her finest performances in this dazzling and emotionally rich drama
“Binoche is outstanding” - Pierre-Yves Grenu, France24
In the vast rooms of a beautiful Sicilian villa, Anna (Juliette Binoche) receives an unexpected guest. Twenty-something Jeanne (Lou de Laâge) has arrived from France, declaring herself to be the girlfriend of Anna's son, Giuseppe, who has invited her to the house to spend the Easter together. But this is news to Anna, and Giuseppe is not yet there. Despite the disruption to her routine, Anna invites the young guest to stay, and as the two women await Giuseppe's arrival, they slowly begin to form a connection. Jeanne, dislocated and a little mystified at first, gradually gives in to the charms of the volcanic island. She swims in the nearby lake and makes new friends, while Anna - watched over by a long-term family friend - comes out of her shell. Yet still, her son's absence remains a mystery.
Academy-Award winner Juliette Binoche gives one of her finest performances of her career in this dazzling and emotionally rich debut feature from Italian wunderkind Piero Messina, who previously worked as the assistant director on Paolo Sorrentino's Oscar-winning The Great Beauty.
Official Selection: 2015 Venice, Toronto and London Film Festivals.
- Duration: 96 mins
- Countries: Italy, France
- Language: Italian & French with English subtitles
- Date: 2015
- Format: DCP, Colour
- Courtesy: Palace Films
- Source: Palace Films
- Rating: M (Mature themes and brief nudity)