Let the Sunshine In
Directed by Claire Denis
A French divorcée hungers for love.
“What do women want?” asked Justin Chang in the Los Angeles Times. “More movies as emotionally intelligent and fine-grained as this one, I suspect.” A delicate French comedy that takes middle-aged female desire more seriously than Hollywood ever cares to, it features Oscar winner Juliette Binoche as a recently divorced Parisian artist drifting from affair to affair as she learns what it is she’s looking for. “A kaleidoscope of emotions,” Binoche’s Isabelle is by turns charming and prickly, but “never uninteresting.” Still, her taste in men can be maddening, said Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal. “As you watch in bafflement, you want to tell her, ‘No, no, not that guy!’” But you’re meant to be maddened; the fascination of this film “lies in its presentation of the heroine as a riddle for us to solve.” For a Claire Denis movie, Sunshine is “cream-puff light,” yet it’s “about so much more than one woman’s quest to find the One,” said Emily Yoshida in NYMag.com. “It’s about all the fragments that compose what may broadly be called romance: the highs and lows, the momentary obsessions, the endless dialogues that eventually must give way to ecstasy or disappointment.”