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Both Sides of the Blade
Still from Both Sides of the Blade

Both Sides of the Blade

classified 18 (CTBA) S
Film

Fri 9 - Thu 15 Sept

Director
Claire Denis
Cast
Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon, Grégoire Colin
Details
116 mins, Subtitled, 2022, France
Primary language
French

Juliette Binoche plays a woman torn between two lovers, completing an intriguing love triangle made up of a cast of French cinema heavyweights.

Sara (Juliette Binoche) is a presenter on a highbrow Paris radio talk show. For 10 years she has lived with Jean (Vincent Lindon), a former sports star who has served time in prison for an unspecified offence. The third corner of the triangle is François (Grégoire Colin), Sara’s ex-lover whom she left for Jean on a passionate impulse a decade ago. Jean and Sara haven’t seen François since then, but one morning outside the studio, Sara glimpses François in the street and her old feelings are devastatingly reignited.

Both Sides of the Blade is a simmering, sensual melodrama played out in a blunt, bitterly neo-realistic fashion. Human beings can be complex and acclaimed writer-director Claire Denis’ stylistic execution - from the rapid cutting, the restless camerawork, the repeated use of tight close-ups, to the nervous strings of the orchestral score - illustrates this complexity near faultlessly.

  • Screenings of Both Sides of the Blade on Wed 14 Sep are part of our Cinébites deal: get 30% off any main dish in the Café & Bar with a valid cinema ticket.
  • Please note: the screening of Both Sides of the Blade on Sat 10 Sept 17:30 is a Relaxed Screening.
  • Socially Distanced screening of Both Sides of the Blade takes place on Sun 11 Sept 17:20. Available seating is reduced to 25% of the screen capacity for additional comfort.

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Audio Description
BSL
BSL interpretation
Baby
Baby screening
Bite
Cinébites meal deal
CTBA
Certificate to be announced
D
Dubbed
DS
Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
PR Intro
Pre-recorded Intro
PR QA
Pre-recorded Q&A
PS
Partially Subtitled
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
RS
Relaxed Screening
S
Subtitled
SD
25% Socially Distanced screening
Times TBC
To be confirmed