7.9/10 (IMDB)

Anatomy of a Fall

2h 34m Crime | Drama | Thriller

Anatomy of a Fall

For the past year, Sandra, her husband Samuel, and their eleven-year-old son Daniel have lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, the police question whether he was murdered or committed suicide.

Samuel's suspicious death is presumed murder, and Sandra becomes the main suspect. What follows is not just an investigation into the circumstances of his death but an unsettling psychological journey into the depths of Sandra and Samuel's conflicted relationship. Winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Director

Justine Triet

Cast

Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado Graner

Rating

R

Year

2023

Country

France

Language

French, English, German


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Reviews

  • "Though some may come for the murder mystery, it’s Triet’s way of using that genre to get at deeper notions of love turning to hate, and tiny marital fissures that turn into chasms, that really makes this something close to an anti-romantic masterpiece."
    - Rolling Stone
  • "Triet masterfully turns our attention from potential crime-solving to the inner workings of two imperfect people and one complicated marriage. It’s absolutely riveting."
    - Huffington Post
  • "A daring, long film that sometimes feels too chilly and self-indulgent, but it builds to a series of scenes that hit like a punch. Or when a fight with a partner goes a little too far."
    - RogerEbert.com
  • "With its provocative commentary on the mutating nature of grief and guilt, it pulls back the curtain on the complex inner workings of marital and parental relationships."
    - AV Club
  • "Full of gradually unpeeled complexities, ANATOMY OF A FALL is a family drama that wears the clothes of a crime procedural – a whodunit where marriage itself feels like a prime suspect."
    - Time Out
  • "What you take away from ANATOMY OF A FALL is largely up to you, but it’s a thoroughly engrossing case study."
    - Wall Street Journal
  • "This whole film has a wizardry to it which you’ll be thinking about for days, to the internal beat of those steel drums, boinging over and over."
    - Daily Telegraph (UK)
  • "As it calls the institution of marriage to the stand, Triet’s piercing film holds the ambient tensions and illogical loose ends of domestic life against the harsh and rational light of a legal system that searches for order in chaos."
    - indieWire

Awards

  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Brussels Int'l Film Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival

Festivals

  • Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival
  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Brussels Int'l Film Festival
  • New Zealand Int'l Film Festival
  • Melbourne Int'l Film Festival
  • Locarno Film Festival
  • La Rochelle Film Festival
  • Zerkalo Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • and more...