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Both Sides of the Blade
ShowtimesOctober 16:3:00 pm, 5:15 pm, 7:30 pmOctober 17:5:00 pm, 7:15 pmOctober 18:5:00 pm
Winner, Best Director at Berlin Film Festival
There’s no premise that Claire Denis can’t shape into an obscure object of desire, no prose she can’t translate into poetry. Both Sides of the Blade, the latest stateside release from this brilliant French filmmaker, looks on the surface like the most straightforward and even commonplace of domestic dramas: The story of a middle-aged couple (Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon) whose cozy life is ruptured by the reappearance of an old flame from their shared romantic past. Yet here, once more, the director of such dazzling enigmas as Beau Travail and the recent High Life has lent her material — pulled this time from a novel by Christine Angot — a beguiling and befuddling alien rhythm. Denis crams more mystery into a single transitional cut than most movies manage across their entire runtimes.—Digitaltrends
“A riveting sketch of a turbulent love triangle, held together by Binoche and Lindon’s incredible performances and sheer screen presence.”—Tribune News Service
“This is shrewd, distinctive filmmaking that challenges your own perceptions throughout.”—San Jose Mercury News