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Hannah (2017)

TV-MA | | Drama | 9 March 2018 (USA)
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.

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Andrea Pallaoro

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Hannah
André Wilms ... Hannah's Husband
Stéphanie Van Vyve Stéphanie Van Vyve ... Elaine
Simon Bisschop Simon Bisschop ... Nicholas, Hannah's Son
Jessica Fanhan Jessica Fanhan ... Subway Fighting Woman
Fatou Traoré Fatou Traoré ... Theater Teacher
Jean-Michel Balthazar Jean-Michel Balthazar ... Chris
Gaspard Savini Gaspard Savini ... Charlie
Julien Vargas Julien Vargas ... Michael
Luca Avallone ... Albert
Miriam Fauci Miriam Fauci ... Sophie
Ambra Mattioli Ambra Mattioli ... Singer
Mathilde Rault Mathilde Rault ... Receptionist
Thomas Demarez Thomas Demarez ... Classmate
Andrea Mirisola Andrea Mirisola ... Crossdressing Man
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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.

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9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Roma, Lazio, Italy See more »

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$11,700, 11 March 2018, Limited Release

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$11,700, 11 March 2018
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Watch it for the devastating performance from Charlotte Rampling
23 April 2018 | by Paul AllaerSee all my reviews

"Hannah" (2017 release from Italy; 95 min.) brings the story of Hannah, an elderly lady. As the movie opens, we see Hannah and her husband go about their daily routine, and then it becomes clear that something is up, before we know it, Hannah's husband is getting ready to be dropped off at a prison. What is going on here? At this point we're less than 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from Italian director Andrea Pallaoro, who previously gave us the equally excellent "Medeas". Here Pallaoro goes one better yet, and looks at how an elderly woman deals with the consequences of her long-time husband going to prison. The first issue is of course, what did the husband don exactly? The answer is given in subtle hints at various points in the movie, but one might even argue that it isn't all that relevant, as indeed the focus is on Hannah. She tries to make the best of a terrible situation, and continues to provide support to her husband. When she goes to visit him in prison, she musters a smile when he appears, to which he snarls "Why are you laughing?". Just chilling. And what to say about this extraordinary performance (yet again) by Charlotte Rampling? As she continues to age gracefully (she is now in her early 70s), she continues to find (or be offered) roles that are challenging and rewarding (check out also 2015's $5 Years, and this year's Red Sparrow).

"Hannah" premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival to immediate critical acclaim (Rampling won the Best Actress award). I happen to catch this during a recent family visit to Belgium. The Saturday early evening screening where I saw this at in Antwerp, Belgium was attended quite nicely, somewhat to my surprise, given that this is not the most joyful of films. If you are in the mood for a great character study of an elderly woman dealing with difficult issues, I'd readily suggest you check this out. It's doubtful at this point that this will get a US theatrical release, so look for it on VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.


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