Isabelle Huppert: Passion and Contradiction

6/9/06 to 6/30/06

  • La cérémonie, June 30

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  • La cérémonie

    • Friday, June 30 19:00

    Based on Ruth Rendell's A Judgment in Stone, Claude Chabrol's acclaimed thriller pits a stolid new maid (Sandrine Bonnaire) and an insolent postmistress (Huppert) against a too-comfortable bourgeois family in a scenario that plays as "theater-of-cruelty Marx."-Village Voice

  • Story of Women

    • Friday, June 30 21:15

    Claude Chabrol's austere and compelling portrait of Marie Latour, a housewife-turned-abortionist in occupied France, played by Huppert as "a cold but oddly sympathetic everywoman."-Chicago Reader

  • Saint-Cyr

    • Sunday, June 25 15:00

    As Madame de Maintenon, the secret wife of Louis XIV who founds a boarding school for young women but finds her ideals impossible to maintain, Huppert gives "one of her greatest and chilliest performances."-N.Y. Times

  • Coup de torchon

    • Sunday, June 25 17:30

    Huppert and Philippe Noiret in Bertrand Tavernier's adaptation of a Jim Thompson novel. "Set in a small, parched town in French West Africa in 1938, [it] turns into a most provocative, wittily misanthropic melodrama set in the landscape of the soul."-N.Y. Times

  • Merci pour le chocolat

    • Saturday, June 24 18:30

    Swiss chocolate flows in the veins of the haute bourgeois family at the center of Chabrol's "witty psychological thriller, more gothic than noir . . . Self-contained, enigmatic, illuminated from within, Huppert banks a performance that pays dividends throughout the film."-Village Voice

  • Violette Nozière

    • Saturday, June 24 20:30

    A rare screening of Chabrol's classic, chilling portrait of a parricidal teenager in 1930s France. "The riveting Huppert provides a brilliant portrait of inscrutable fatalism behind an impenetrable mask."-Village Voice

  • Malina

    • Friday, June 23 19:00

    "In one of the rare truly visual films about writers, Werner Schroeter generates extravagant images to match the insights of the nameless writer he films-played with ferocious precision by Huppert."-New Yorker. Written by Elfriede Jelinek from Ingeborg Bachmann's novel.

  • The Trout

    • Friday, June 23 21:25

    Huppert in a French film by American expatriate Joseph Losey, also starring Jeanne Moreau. "A penetrating portrait of a maddening personality-the innocent who damages what she touches. Chillingly beautiful."-Chicago Film Festival

  • The Piano Teacher

    • Thursday, June 22 19:30

    Huppert is astonishing as a musician driven by dark sexual compulsions in Michael Haneke's scandalous melodrama. "At once an emotional thriller and a domestic horror movie-a woman's picture with a vengeance, in which the bloodletting is kept to a minimum, and ends up all the more powerful and profound for it."-LA Weekly

  • Heaven's Gate

    • Sunday, June 18 15:00

    The restored director's cut of Michael Cimino's monumental Western of cattlemen vs. immigrant farmers in 1890s Wyoming, featuring Huppert, Kris Kristofferson, and Christopher Walken.

  • Every Man for Himself

    • Friday, June 16 19:00

    Huppert plays Isabelle, a country girl turned prostitute, in Godard's lyrical comedy about the selling of the self. "At the end of the film, one's perceptions have been so enriched, so sharpened, that one comes out of it invigorated. . . . A stunning, original work."-N.Y. Times

  • Passion

    • Friday, June 16 20:50

    Huppert and Hanna Schygulla in Godard's visceral, visually enthralling film about a film called Passion, based on tableaux vivants of famous paintings but extending beyond the screen-as-canvas to encompass dramas of labor and the labors of love.

  • Madame Bovary

    • Thursday, June 15 19:30

    Huppert captures the title character, destroyed by an oppressive provincial society and her own romantic delusions, in Claude Chabrol's intelligent, rigorously faithful adaptation of the great Flaubert novel.

  • The Lacemaker

    • Friday, June 9 19:00

    In the role that made her an international star, Huppert portrays a fragile teen blossoming in and broken by love. "Built on tiny moments of human interaction, but observed with such precision and perception that this chamber drama is riveting. . . . Huppert's stunning performance gives the movie a luminous center."-New West

  • Loulou

    • Friday, June 9 21:10

    Bourgeoise Huppert leaves her husband for working-class layabout Gérard Depardieu in Maurice Pialat's absorbing study of desire. "Loulou is as fresh and unsettling today as it was in 1980. [Depardieu and Huppert are] so explosively real and mercurial and spontaneous, that it's hard to think of them as acting."-Film Comment