Suzanna Andler

  • 88'
  • France
  • 2020

Suzanna Andler (Charlotte Gainsbourg) visits a spacious villa on the French Riviera. She wants to rent it for the summer, but has doubts. And not just about the house. Forty-year-old Suzanna is at a crossroads in life. Married to a millionaire who has been cheating on her for years, she has recently taken a lover herself and has arranged to meet him here. Her children have stayed in Paris, and her husband is elsewhere – she doesn’t know where. Suzanna and her lover have a decision to make about their future. How long can she keep up the lying?

With Suzanna Andler, director Benoît Jacquot has created an effective adaptation of a play by his mentor Marguerite Duras. In the film as in the play, the number of roles and locations is limited: set in the 1960s, all action takes place in and around the villa. Above all, it is an emotional tour de force by Gainsbourg, appropriately dressed in an YSL mini-skirt and almost constantly in view, and Niels Schneider in the role of Suzanna's lover.

Also see Big Talk: Benoît Jacquot & Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Director
Benoît Jacquot
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
France
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
88'
Medium
DCP
Language
French
Producer
Kristina Larsen
Production Company
Les Films du Lendemain
Sales
Les Films du Losange
Screenplay
Benoît Jacquot
Cinematography
Christophe Beaucarne
Editor
Julia Gregory
Production Design
Pascale Consigny
Sound Design
Nicolas Cantin
Cast
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Niels Schneider, Julia Roy, Nathan Willcocks