classified 12A PS


Please note: This was screened in March 2019

Andrea Pallaoro
Charlotte Rampling, André Wilms, Stéphanie Van Vyve
93 mins, Partially Subtitled, 2017, France

Charlotte Rampling gives a masterclass in the art of acting in this Belgium set drama as a woman whose identity crumbles after her husband is arrested and imprisoned.

Alone in the world after her husband is incarcerated, Hannah (Rampling) teeters on a slender emotional ledge between denial and reality. The more she tries to remain in the normal world, the more it conspires to freeze her out of her own life: family members coldly cease contact, a fighting couple ignore her on the subway, and her gym membership is suddenly revoked. Slowly but surely, as Hannah’s world begins to shrink, her presence starts to evaporate.

This is an exquisite exercise in slow cinema from director Andrea Pallaora that is immaculate in its construction and imagery. Hannah is an elegant and deeply moving exploration of modern day alienation, the struggle to connect, and the dividing lines between individual identity, personal relationships, and societal pressures.

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