A fateful fall. Accident or murder? The wife as the main suspect, a trial accusing her of homicide, the couple’s blind son as a key witness, the different versions of the events during the trial and the dissection of a marriage. And from a particular and intimate story to a universal theme, the difficulty, or perhaps better said, the impossibility of bringing the truth of the facts to public light, always with the shadow of uncertainty about whether what was ruled is true or not. With this material, the French Justine Triet has achieved with Anatomy of a fall one of the most praised films of last year.
Starring a magnificent Sandra Huller (the wife), Samuel Theis (his defense attorney), Swann Ariaud (the deceased husband) and Milo Machado Graner (The son), the film accumulates seventy awardsamong them the Golden Globes for best foreign language film and screenplay and the Palme d’Or at Cannes, to which it is worth adding the award for best film of 2023 from the Vancouver Film Critics Circlewhich has also distinguished Hüller as best actress. In the fight I had as competitors: Oppenheimer of Christopher Nolan and The area of interest of Jonathan Glazer.
Titles that have also been honored by critics in the Canadian circle. Christopher Nolan has obtained the best direction and Robert Downey Jr. as supporting actorwhile The area of interest She was chosen best foreign language film. Other award-winning feature films were Those who stay of Alexander Paynebest actor for Paul Giamatti and best supporting actress for Da’Vine Joy Randolph. The best script was awarded to Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach by Barbie and the best documentary To Kill a Tiger of Nisha Pahuja.
Two other very notable films such as The Moon Killers of Scorsese and poor creatures of Yorgos Lanthimos They were also up for awards in two categories from the Vancouver Critics Circle, but came up empty.
Five Oscar nominations
Anatomy of a fall She is also a candidate for the Oscars best film, direction, actress, original screenplay and editingand if it is not in the category of best international film it is because the one chosen to represent France was To simmer directed by Tran Anh Hung and starring Juliette Binoche and Benoit Magimel.
Its absence in this category, in which it is more than likely that Triet’s film would have won the statuette at the gala on March 10, gives more opportunities to the Spanish representative, The Snow Society of Juan Antonio Bayonabrand new winner of 12 Goya awards. However, he still has another high-profile rival, the aforementioned The area of interesta British production spoken in German, Polish and Yiddish and which makes it eligible in this category formerly known as best non-English speaking film.
As to Anatomy of a fall, It premiered in Spanish cinemas on December 6and is not yet available on VOD or on any platform, whether for rental or purchase, or with free viewing for subscribers.
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