Sincerely Charlotte

  • 1986
  • 1 HR 32 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

In her directorial debut, Caroline Huppert, the older sister of actress Isabelle, has fashioned an entertaining tale of romantic temptation and crumbled memories. Charlotte (Isabelle Huppert) is a chanteuse who, after discovering her lover's fresh corpse, turns for help to Mathieu (Niels Arestup), a former lover she lived with for six years, but has not...read more

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In her directorial debut, Caroline Huppert, the older sister of actress Isabelle, has fashioned an entertaining tale of romantic temptation and crumbled memories. Charlotte (Isabelle Huppert) is a chanteuse who, after discovering her lover's fresh corpse, turns for help to Mathieu (Niels

Arestup), a former lover she lived with for six years, but has not seen in four. Mathieu is now happily engaged to Christine (Christine Pascal), a pretty-but-safe schoolteacher and mother. Upon seeing Charlotte, Mathieu rediscovers long-forgotten feelings. He wrestles with his desire for Charlotte

and his devotion to his Christine, but agrees to help Charlotte prove that she is innocent of her lover's murder. Despite the set-up, SINCERELY CHARLOTTE is not a mystery, but a mature examination of a man who must make a choice between the security of family life and his attachment to the

memories of a past lover. Unfortunately, each decision he makes takes him further away from the happiness he seeks. With lesser actors than Huppert and Arestup the film could have been a disaster; as it is, the film teeters on the verge of becoming a ridiculous sexual romp. Fortunately, there is

enough talent involved to carry it off. The superb Huppert (ENTRE NOUS, THE BEDROOM WINDOW), manages to make the deceitful, unloving, destructive Charlotte into the type of woman every man would want as a lover. Although dangerous, she is full of life, impulsive energy, and sensuality. Arestup is

also excellent, making the audience sympathize with his wayward character. Many films show man's attraction to the femme fatale, but few capture the victim's emotions as well as SINCERELY CHARLOTTE does. (In French; English subtitles.)

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