#106: Coup De Torchon

criterion106BERTRAND TAVERNIER

1981

I have loved Isabelle Huppert since…Madame Bovary or Hal Hartley’s Amateur?  I can’t remember which, but at some point, probably while seeing The School of Flesh on the big screen, I realized she was my favourite all-time actor and that she was my top priority at the Toronto Film Festival, to the point that I once gave a dog up for adoption to make sure I wasn’t late for a screening of Haneke’s The Piano Teacher.  At the time of recording this episode, only one of Isabelle’s films was in the Criterion collection, one of my favourite Bertrand Tavernier films, which shows off a rare mercurial side to her usually glacial persona.  Even more exciting, I had just met her in person, backstage at a play, before recording this one.

Listen to the episode of the podcast here: PODCAST

My review of the film on my blog:  REVIEW

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