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Author: James Slaymaker

We Won’t Grow Old Together: Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In”

“It is my desire I desire, and the loved being is no more than its tool.” ―Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments Loosely based on Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (1977), Claire Denis’ pint-sized exploration of romantic longing and self-sabotage is a major work disguised as a minor one. The plot is episodic and deceptively simple. Juliette Binoche plays Isabelle, a recently divorced abstract painter who embarks on a series of trysts with a variety of men: a brusque, married banker (Xavier Beauvois) whose borderline abusive behavior is a turn-on for Isabelle; a neurotic and weak-willed young actor...

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