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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Sibyl

2019, Justine Triet, France, 101 min.
With Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 13th 6:00pm
  • Sun, Mar 15th 3:00pm

"Entertaining and absorbing…I don't think obsession and addiction has ever been this scandalous and fun."—Kevin Lee, Film Inquiry

"Stylish black comedy…twisty and enjoyable."—Eric Kohn, Indiewire

In her third and most accomplished film, Justine Triet (AGE OF PANIC) confirms her promise as one of France's most talented young directors, with a special knack for depicting female protagonists who recklessly test the tenuous borderlines between their professional and private lives. Although Parisian psychiatrist Sibyl (Efira) is unloading her patients in order to concentrate on writing her first novel, she responds to a desperate phone call from Margot (Exarchopoulos of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR), a young movie actress caught in a messy triangle with her co-star (Gaspard Ulliel of SAINT LAURENT) and her director (Sandra Hüller of TONI ERDMANN). Boundaries dissolve with dizzying ease as Sibyl begins mining Margot's sessions for material for her novel, neglects her family, involves herself in her patient's life to a highly unprofessional degree, and, at one point, takes over the direction of the Stromboli-set film in which Margot is performing. Triet juggles the film's shifts between past and present, comedy and drama, and fact and fiction with Resnais-like fluidity and a distinctive lack of moralism. In French, English, and German with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Music Box Films. (MR)

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