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Hannah

Intimate portrait of a woman drifting between reality and denial when she is left alone to grapple with the consequences of her husband’s imprisonment. Winner of the Volpi Cup (best actress: Charlotte Rampling) in Venice.

Please note that this film is in French and English, with Dutch subtitles.
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With his second feature, Andrea Pallaoro already displays a distinctive feel for what to show and what to conceal. In a film full of unresolved questions and motivations, he keeps us constantly wondering about what has happened. For, although it is set rigorously in the present, Hannah is about the past, a past that remains largely ambiguous even as it drives the behaviour of everyone in the film.
If you are not intrigued already, you will be won over by Charlotte Rampling’s sensitive portrait of a woman at the centre of a shattering tale. Hannah has a son, a grandson, and a husband who is in prison. She is involved in a theatre group and works a day job as a cleaning lady for a well-to-do household. Yet Hannah has an air that suggests she is not working class. Her son certainly isn’t. So what is her story? Pallaoro leaves us hints and pieces of information with which to construct a narrative. What is clear is that some major event has upended the lives of these characters, pushing some of them apart and bringing others together. The point is not the mystery but the aftermath, which Pallaoro depicts with grace and devastating power. (source: www.tiff.net)

Andrea Pallaoro, Italy, France, Belgium, 2017, 95 min. French & English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Charlotte Rampling, André Wilms, Stéphanie Van Vyve, Simon Bisschop, Jean-Michel Balthazar.
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