As the defining figure of the Nouvelle Vague, Louis Malle was considered one of the greatest French filmmakers of all time. In his penultimate film “Faith” he brought together stars like Juliette Binoche and Jeremy Irons – to see tonight on arte.
In France in the 1950s, aspiring storytellers and pioneers came together to revolutionize French cinema – and to conjure up a new vision on screen that differed both in its imagery and in its narrative from the commercial cinema known to date. The Nouvelle Vague was born, and with it filmmaking legends such as Jean-Luc Godard, Éric Rohmer and François Truffaut, who are still among the most influential figures in European cinema today. One of them was Louis Malle, who received three Oscar nominations in the course of his career – and a few years before his death he shot an erotic thriller that caused a lot of excitement far beyond the French borders: “Faith”.
On the one hand, he attracted attention because of the well-known international cast, which ranged from Juliette Binoche and Jeremy Irons to Miranda Richardson and Peter Stormare. On the other hand, “Death” is also about a forbidden love affair, which is always particularly heatedly discussed in public – and even made it to the Oscars in 1993 (with Richardson’s nomination for best supporting actress). arte is showing “Faith” on July 18, 2022 from 8:15 p.m, which is not only worthwhile for fans of revealing films, but above all for fans of big theaters. Despite the FSK 16 approval and prime time broadcast date, you can expect the completely unabridged version, which the broadcaster has had in the main evening program in the past.
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“Destiny”: Erotic bestseller adaptation with a star cast
Fate is based on the 1991 novel of the same name by Josephine Hart, which spent a full 16 weeks on the bestseller list Publishers Weekly was placed and should therefore be prepared for the cinema a short time later. David Hare, then known primarily as a playwright, was commissioned to write the screenplay. He was also establishing himself in Hollywood at the time, where he later celebrated his greatest successes with films such as “The Hours” and “The Reader” (each of which received an Oscar nomination for Hare).
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In “Faith”, Louis Malle, known for films such as “Herzfibrillern” and “Auf Wiedersehen, Kinder”, tells the story of a fateful love triangle between emotional chaos and sexual obsession. Because the politician Stephen Fleming (Irons) falls in love with the young Anna Barton (Binoche), whom he meets at a reception. And that immediately presents him with several problems. On the one hand he is married to Ingrid (Richardson), while on the other hand Anna is not just any woman – but of all things the fiancée of his son Martyn (Rupert Graves).
While his potential daughter-in-law has nothing to lose, constantly throws himself into sexual adventures and finally gets involved with Stephen, Stephen is jeopardizing his career, his marriage and, last but not least, his relationship with his son with the forbidden love affair…
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