Suzanne

“Reading between the lines” is an audience response any filmmaker would hope for.

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“Reading between the lines” is an audience response any filmmaker would hope for. Reading between chapters – and inferring whole missing ones – would seem to be a demand too far. But this superb French-Belgian film from Katell Quillévéré (Love Like Poison) makes every time-jump and ellipsis an epiphany. The heroine is first met as a little girl with her sister and widowed father. Suddenly she’s a pregnant teenager (Sara Forestier) turning into a petty criminal. Suddenly – and so the tale advances. A poignantly dysfunctional human life is shaped, by coaxing obliquity and skilful come-ons, into something beguiling, unique.

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