Juliette Binoche delivers a sultry, complicated turn as a woman hiding behind a virtual alter ego in this haunting French psychodrama.
After a messy breakup with her boyfriend Ludo, and upset at his sudden disappearance, 50-something French literature lecturer Claire Millaud (Binoche) decides to create a new, younger persona online, with the aim of reconnecting via Ludo's best friend Alex (François Civil). Posing as 24-year-old fashion intern Clara Antunes, Claire's online banter and photogenic looks soon have Alex hooked and desperate to meet her in real life. But something about Claire's story - and where she got Clara's image from - doesn't quite ring true.
While very much a reflection of modern-day mores (Claire describes social media as both "a shipwreck and a life raft" for her), there's also a timeless aspect to what unfolds, mirrored in Claire's choice of reading material for her latest batch of students - Les Liaisons dangereuses. Binoche, superb as ever, grounds the film's riveting, sometimes surprising narrative turns with a performance to rival Isabelle Huppert's icy music conservatory professor in The Piano Teacher and Charlotte Rampling's repressed crime novelist in Swimming Pool. - James Croot
Director: Safy Nebbou
In French with English subtitles
102 minutes/Censors rating tbc