Nominated for five Academy Awards (including Best Picture), French director Justine Triet’s provocative crime drama, Anatomy of a Fall has quickly become a Palace favourite with Palace Cinemas gaining an impressive result as one of the best-performing cinemas in the country and holding the top location nationally in its first week.
The Palme d’Or winning (Best Film award at Cannes Film Festival) thriller has continued its reign as our top performing film in its second week now – with good reason! Off the back of a history-making win of the coveted Palme d’Or which made Triet just the third woman to win the festival’s highest honour, the film also claimed two massive Golden Globe wins, taking home Best Motion Picture for a Non-English Language and Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture.
At the heart of the psychodrama is phenomenal German Actress, Sandra Hüller “at the top of her game” (The Evening Standard) who has already won the 2023 European Film Award for Best Actress and the 2023 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Lead Performance for her role in the film.
The film follows Sandra (Hüller), a German writer, who for the past year has lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alpsher with her French husband Samuel (Samuel Theis), and their eleven-year-old son Daniel (Milo Machado Graner). When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, the police question whether he committed suicide or was killed. Samuel’s death is treated as suspicious, and Sandra becomes the main suspect. Little by little the trial becomes not just an investigation of the circumstances of Samuel’s death, but an unsettling psychological journey into the depths of Sandra and Samuel’s conflicted relationship.
With surgical precision, Anatomy of a Fall puts the intimate complexities of a couple’s failing marriage on trial with a masterful script from Triet and co-writer Arthur Harari, aided by formidable performances from Hüller, Samuel Theis, and Milo Machado Graner.