Date Showing Showing On 27, 29, 30 May
Time Showing Monday 6pm, Wednesday 4pm and Thursday 6pm


MA15+ 2hrs 32mins
thriller | 2023, France | French, English

A woman is suspected of her husband's murder, and their blind son faces a moral dilemma as the sole witness.


Strong themes, suicide references and violence

Justine Triet
Original Review
Ben Kenigsberg,
Extracted By
Anne Green
Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado-Graner

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Anatomy of a Fall - Official Trailer

Storyline (warning: spoilers)

The line that separates life and fictionalization is also the subject of the formidable Anatomy of a Fall, directed by Justine Triet. The title is clearly a nod to Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder (1959), perhaps the greatest of all courtroom thrillers, and inside a courtroom is where Fall spends much of its two-and-a-half-hour running time.
Sandra (Sandra Hüller) and Samuel (Samuel Theis) are a literary couple living in Samuel's hometown in the French Alps. But when their son, Daniel (Milo Machado Graner), returns from a walk, he finds Samuel's dead, bloody body in the snow—it appears that his father has fallen from the attic. There are three possibilities: The fall was a total accident. Samuel killed himself. Or Sandra murdered him.
It's for that last possibility that Sandra is charged. I'm not sure what the standard for convicting someone of homicide in France is, but if I were a juror, I would reach reasonable doubt on the physical evidence alone, and I choose to believe that's part of the point. A staggering—even exasperating—amount of the trial is spent trying to catch Sandra in lies about circumstantial evidence: a bruise on her arm, a fight she had with her husband, whether her writing foreshadowed the alleged crime, and so on. As a defendant, Sandra (and Hüller, performing in both English and French) makes for a much cooler customer than Pierre Goldman in "The Goldman Case," a French legal thriller shown here last week.
The key to the film is that it is not, in fact, an anatomy of a murder. It's an anatomy of a marriage, or specifically how a marriage has fallen apart. The trial functions as a fact-finding mechanism both for the court and for Daniel, who begins to understand his parents in a new way, or at least to understand—like Elizabeth in May December—how hard it is to understand. This is a dense, talky film with a complicated structure. Aspects that seemed superficial or implausible at the moment have only grown in my mind since it ended.

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