Camille Claudel (1988)


“You’re wrong to think it’s about you. You’re a sculptor, Rodin, not a sculpture. You ought to know. I am that old woman with nothing on her bones. And the aging young girl… that’s also me. And the man is me too. Not you. I gave him my toughness. He gave me his emptiness in return. There you are… three times me. The Holy Trinity, trinity of emptiness.” – Camille Claudel

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of the famed sculptor Camille Claudel as she rose to fame while in a relationship with fellow sculptor Auguste Rodan.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have never had any desire to see but since it came up during my quest to watch all film that have received Oscar nominations for performances, I decided to finally check it out.

Unfortunately, this is a really slow and boring biopic that fails to really go anywhere.

The performances by Isabelle Adjani and Gerard Depardieu are quite good and they have nice chemistry together, but this story moves slow slowly that it really is a chore to get through.

The one thing that this film does well is show the way that female artists were perceived before this story and how those perceptions were changed following the events of this film.

The story is super slow and fails to really go anywhere despite having over two and a half hours to try and get there.

The plot is quite tedious and wasn;t able to keep my interest because it felt much too superficial from start to finish.

That being said, I can understand how and why Adjani would get an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her work here because it isn’t an easy performance, but am relieved by the fact that there were better and more powerful performances in that year which were able to get the larger amount of votes.

Bottom Line – Really slow and boring biopic that is accentuated by some nice performances. Adjani and Depardieu are great together even through it’s quiet a chore getting through this slow churning story. The way that they depict the change in the way women are perceived as artists is done well.  The story moves at a really slow pace and it feels as if it doesn’t really go anywhere even though this film is over two and a half hours.  It was quite a tedious story and didn’t work for me at all. I can understand how and why Adjani could get an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her work here, but I’m quite glad that she didn’t win because as difficult a performance as this was, there were must better ones that year.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alain Cuny, who plays the father of Camille and Paul Claudel, actually met Paul Claudel. In 1944, the poet and dramatist personally chose Cuny to play Pierre de Craon in his play: The Tidings Brought to Mary. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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