“Un amour impossible’
Acclaimed director Catherine Corsini has shown herself to be a masterful storyteller over the past 30 years. With ‘An Impossible Love’ continuing her flare for bring stories of intense power and nuance to the screen.
Released in January 2019, An Impossible Love is a shining example of family drama that may have slipped you by. And if this is the case, we strongly advise you find it on online.
Based on Christine Angot’s autobiographical bestseller. We are taken on an epic journey into the lives of a mother and daughter in Châteauroux France. A journey that centres on a lover and absent father who’s life holds secrets and actions that ultimately lead to devastating consequences.
The film begins in 1958, where 25-year-old Rachel (Efira) meets a handsome, yet equally mysterious young man in the office canteen. Philippe (Schneider), is a romantic intellectual from a wealthy family. His passion and devilishly good looks enthralling the young secretary. And as a passionate relationship ensues, Rachel finds herself pregnant with his child. However, despite his daughter (Lescure) being born Philippe has no intention of marrying Rachel. Or for that matter allowing his daughter to bear his family name.
And over the years that follow he manipulates the ever loving Rachel. Until finally deciding to take an interest in his daughters life as she reaches her teens.
Corsini wraps us in an epic journey, that not only places women centre stage, but also delves into the darkness of narcissism and control. While surrounding the viewer with stunning yet subtle performances and exquisite cinematography. Ultimately creating a journey that unnerves and seduces its audience in equal measure. While also offering a biting social commentary on disillusionment, control and a reality blinded by love.
Director: Catherine Corsini