The entire time watching the French, blood soaked film Revenge, I couldn’t stop thinking about Thelma & Louise and how the 1991 Ridley Scott film was still an accomplishment that cinema had yet to top. Director Coralie Fargeat comes close in her debut feature, a sweaty action film about survival, old-fashioned gore, and a feminist retaliation fantasy, in what is hands down the perfect film for the current women’s movement we are living in. This is a narrative that some will find hard to stomach and for others it is the perfect antidote for what privileged males have coming to them. Revenge is a fast-paced, violent, and heavy hitting endurance test.
Let the Sunshine In begins with a sex scene that is every bit of realistic, clumsy, intimate, and depressing at the same time. It is a tone setter, where the camera is practically in-between the two interlocked bodies. Although it is titillating, it is also uncomfortable, because that’s what love between mature adults is, uncomfortable. Throughout Claire Denis’ film, she studies the difficulties of love at a certain age, and it funnels through the lens of our lead character Isabelle (Juliette Binoche). She is an artist, a mother, and divorced, while stumbling her way through various men in her life. Some love interests, some flings, others are acquaintances in her inner circle of art friends. Each one is a different experience and a wrinkle to Isabelle’s life. It’s all portrayed beautifully and why Let the Sunshine In is a heartbreaking and emotional film. By the end, you feel close to Isabelle and want her to find a great love.