Seventh Heaven

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

What do you do when the wife you know as frigid and fragile suddenly begins acting entirely normally? Mathilde (Sandrine Kiberlain), married to surgeon Nico (Vincent Lindon) and the mother of 7-year-old Arthur, would be fading into the background of her own bourgeois Parisian life if the signs of her unhappiness weren't so troubling. She's given up working...read more

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What do you do when the wife you know as frigid and fragile suddenly begins acting entirely normally? Mathilde (Sandrine Kiberlain), married to surgeon Nico (Vincent Lindon) and the mother of 7-year-old Arthur, would be fading into the background of her own

bourgeois Parisian life if the signs of her unhappiness weren't so troubling. She's given up working at the law firm her mother runs and walks the streets aimlessly, sometimes stopping into a department store to shoplift toys. Her perambulations frequently bring her across the path of an older man

(Francois Berleand), whom she tries to avoid. But one afternoon she's caught lifting some trifles from a shop, faints on the spot and wakes up to find herself under the stranger's care. Amazingly enough, his treatment plan -- hypnosis and feng shui -- works. But rather than being delighted,

Mathilde's husband freaks out, and the roots of her disaffection begin becoming clear: Nico plays around, says and does ridiculous things when he drinks, and becomes hugely jealous when Mathilde's intimidating mother (Francine Berge) unwittingly spills the beans about the hypnotist. Director

Benoit Jacquot (who made the critically-lauded A SINGLE GIRL) is deft and empathetic in his depiction of these characters, both in the shallow depths of their petit crises and as they crawl out from under them. (In French, with English subtitles)

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: What do you do when the wife you know as frigid and fragile suddenly begins acting entirely normally? Mathilde (Sandrine Kiberlain), married to surgeon Nico (Vincent Lindon) and the mother of 7-year-old Arthur, would be fading into the background of her ow… (more)

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