Average Isabelle Huppert enjoyer
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Art History/Philosophy major at the University of Cincinnati
Absolutely love the realism and the documentary-esque style of the story. Apparent budget constraints aside, the sacrosanctity of Joan’s zealous life is relayed quietly, in mostly interior shots limited to a few characters; the movie often blurs the line between grounded theater and epic film. It’s unfortunate that this movie will be disliked by most for its lack of truly bloody violence (you’d assume with a name like “the battles,” there would be a heap of action, but the title…
Wow isn’t it crazy how Isabelle Huppert invents acting in every movie she’s in???? Anyway this movie is super tense and dramatic and I loved every second of it; the symbolic battle between the working class and the bourgeoisie plays out beautifully, and ultimately, violently. Did I mention how great Isabelle Huppert is in this????
Watching all three movies in the trilogy in one sitting is the worst thing I could’ve done in my life, ever. This movie is wholesome and bittersweet at the beginning but by the end I felt visceral emotional pain for these characters falling in and out of love, and I just intensely wanted them to be happy. I’m 99% sure this movie opened wounds of my own experience with my parents’ tumultuous marriage and it made the ending that much more painful, but it’s such a beautiful and poignant ending to a masterpiece trilogy that I’m not even pressed fr 🛐