Writer-director Safy Nebbou’s romantic cyber-drama turned psychological thriller stars Oscar®-winner Juliette Binoche (Clouds of Sils Maria).
Synopsis: Ghosted by her hunky twentysomething lover, Claire (Binoche), a 50-year-old professor and divorced single mom, creates a fake Facebook profile to do a little undetected online snooping. But when she creates a 24-year-old blonde avatar “Clara” and ‘friends’ her ex’s attractive roommate (François Civil), superficial messaging quickly escalates towards intense intimacy and uncontrollable obsession.
Adapted from Camille Laurens’ best-selling novel, co-scripted by Julie Peyr, and scored by acclaimed French-Lebanese jazz composer Ibrahim Maalouf, this is writer-director Safy Nebbou’s sixth film.
Juliette Binoche is astonishing as a middle-aged, sexy, and vibrant woman who still expects a love life but finds that youth-obsessed social media has shut her out of the game. An intelligent woman — a college professor who is teaching Les Liaisons dangereuses — nevertheless finds herself out of her depth and down a rabbit hole as she attempts to navigate the hall of mirrors that is Facebook. Director Nebbou brilliantly captures its addicting aspects as well as charting is depths of (self-)deception. Nicole Garcia, who plays Claire’s therapist, is also effective in her portrayal of a professional who sees Claire careening headlong into disaster but whose speaking cure treatment has little power against the lure of the blue glowing screen.
An excellent, if somewhat disturbing commentary on how our culture views female aging and — of concern to us all — the effect of digital media on our mental health.
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