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Suzanne is a well to do married woman and mother in the south of France. Her idle bourgeois lifestyle gets her down and she decides to go back to work as a physiotherapist. Her husband agrees to fix up a consulting room for her in their backyard. When Suzanne and the man hired to do the building meet, the mutual attraction is sudden and violent. Suzanne decides to give up everything and live this all engulfing passion to the fullest. Written by
A reasonable film made good by the central performance. Like the recent I Am Love (with Tilda Swinton), a socially mobile homemaker of a certain age undertakes an affair on the other side of the tracks. I Am Love was perfumed with emotional magic realism but Leaving tries to position the melodrama within its socially realist context. Neither element of the drama seems thoroughly worked out and the film left me a bit dissatisfied.
This hasn't stopped Kristin Scott-Thomas putting in a super turn. She eschews the existentially threatened veneer that one might have expected (especially after the subterfuge and auto-aggression of her I've Loved You So Long, another film concerning the cachet of the outlaw) and gives a starburst performance of emotional expansiveness and abandon. If only the film about her had really tried to focus on the existential cul-de-sac of her affair as a counterweight to tip the drama over, it would have been a lot better. 5/10
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