Director: Frederick Wiseman Run Time: 63 min. Release Year: 2022 Language: French w/ English subtitles
Starring: Nathalie Boutefeu
Tagline: He’s nearly 93. He’s made over 45 films. He’s arguably the greatest documentary filmmaker ever. And now, Frederick Wiseman is gifting us with something truly unexpected – a narrative film based on the diaries of Sophia Tolstoy, chronicling her tumultuous marriage to Leo Tolstoy. This stunning one woman show stars French actress Nathalie Boutefeu.
Synopsis: A COUPLE is a film about a long term relationship between a man and a woman. The man is Leo Tolstoy. The woman is his wife, Sophia. They were married for 36 years, had 13 children, nine of whom survived. Each kept a diary. Although they lived together, in the same house, they wrote letters frequently to each other. The Tolstoy’s were also a dysfunctional couple, arguing frequently and being very unhappy with each other while occasionally enjoying passionate moments of reconciliation. The film is Sophia’s monologue about the joys and struggles of their life together, loosely drawn from their letters to each other and their diary entries. The film was shot in a beautiful garden on Belle Ile, an island off the coast of Brittany.
Critic Quotes: “Wiseman’s first foray into fiction carries the director’s penchant for observation.” – Little White Lies
“Boutefou’s performance in this delicate but wild environment is coiled and tense, but one that balances interior pain with a graceful delivery.” – The Wrap
“NYT Critics Pick! “If Wiseman has so often turned his camera on the sprawl and imperfections of institutions, this is a portrait of an individual, isolated and pushing back.” – New York Time
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