Anatomie d'une chute (2023)
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Milo Machado Graner who played the boy was just phenomenal in this.
A fascinating study of epistemology and an interesting courtroom discussion tied to a family drama.
Great performances and confidently directed. I do think they could have shaved a few minutes here and there.
Ultimately, it’s a film about learning to operate in doubt, and the film provides ample room for that.
4.5 stars out of 5
Sandra Hüller gives an amazing performance as a woman accused of murder in Justine Triet's Anatomy of a Fall, a film surely written with fans of True Crime podcasts in mind (though the case is a fiction). Looking at the husband's suspicious death from various angles, while keeping a necessary ambiguity throughout (no cheap "reveal" either way at the end), makes Anatomy absolutely engrossing from start to finish. It also reminds us that evidence can say what we want it to say in certain cases, and the film's "solution" is up to the audience. Anything put under a microscope out of context can distort reality until we're no longer sure what's true of not. Hüller plays a writer whose novels are just such a blend, adding a certain literary frisson to the affair. Most of the run time focuses on her trial, which made me realize that while I've seen many legal dramas, none of them have been set in contemporary France. As if imbued by the national character, a French trial is comparatively argumentative, with sarcastic lawyers hardly kept in check by the judge. The court itself feels cramped and claustrophobic, with the jury high up on the judge's bench. It's odd. The two main lawyers are excellent, with Antoine Reinartz, as prosecutor, a comic highlight (what a jerk!), but then everyone's good in this, from the young son to the dog. Immersive, thoughtful and touching, Anatomie d'une chute is a tour de force of story telling - never giving too much nor too little away.
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This movie ranks #20 in iCheckMovies's 2020s Top 100
This movie ranks #36 in European Film Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #50 in César Award - Best French Film
This movie ranks #95 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
This movie ranks #336 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #596 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #597 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #1500 in The Criterion Collection