Un coeur simple (2008)
aka: A Simple Heart
A film directed by Marion Laine

Genre: Drama

Film Review

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Un coeur simple is an inspired adaptation of one of Gustave Flaubert lesser known works, a short story which, like his better known Madame Bovary, is concerned with a woman's yearning for an unattainable passion. It is the first full length film to be directed by Marion Laine and in places it does show the telltale signs of a first film - in its uneven narrative, the poorly developed secondary characters and one or two artistic over-indulgences (such as the unnecessary use of slow motion photography).

Over all, however, the film has much to commend it. Intense, introspective performances from Sandrine Bonnaire and Marina Foïs convey the torment and quiet despair of two women who fail to find fulfilment in their lives and whose only solace is their uneasy companionship. Meanwhile, the sets and naturalistic photography perfectly evoke Flaubert's sombre world of rural hardship and bourgeois artificiality. Whilst the film may lack the force and humanity of Flaubert's writing, it is still a strangely compelling and moving work, pleasing with its understated poetry and moments of exquisite poignancy.
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Film Credits

Directed by Marion Laine
Starring: Sandrine Bonnaire, Marina Foïs, Pascal Elbé, Patrick Pineau, Thibault Vinçon, Noémie Lvovsky, Louise Orry-Diquéro, Melissa Dima, Antoine Olivera, Romain Scheiner
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