Directed by Arnaud Desplechin (France, 2017, 114 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

Twenty-one years after the disappearance of his wife, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard), filmmaker Ismaël Vuillard (Mathieu Amalric) has finally begun to heal. With the support of his new partner, Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg), he is hard at work on a much-anticipated new film. But his comfortable life starts to unravel when the long-lost Carlotta reappears, dredging up his painful past. As his sanity deteriorates, scenes from Ismaël’s increasingly chaotic existence are intercut with scenes from his half-finished film about a smooth-talking diplomat named Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel). Master director Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale, My Golden Days) layers narrative upon narrative to create a chaotic sensory experience, plunging viewers into the intricate mind of a tormented visionary.

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The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.

The Boston French Film Festival is coordinated by Carter Long, Katharine Stone White Curator of Film and Video, Katherine Irving, Alexis Weinrich, and Charles Cohen.

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