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FFF20 Sibyl

MA15+ 100 MIN
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One of four women-directed movies that competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Justine Triet frames this portrait of a flawed, struggling woman through a defiantly female gaze. It straddles drama and elements of suspense in an absorbing story of someone who steps over an uncrossable line. Unsatisfied with her life, Sibyl (Virginie Efira, AF FFF19, Sink or Swim; AF FFF14, It Boy; and Triet’s earlier film AF FFF17, In Bed with Victoria) is transitioning from her career as a psychiatrist to her dream of becoming a writer. Throwing professional ethics into the wind, her dubious cure for writer’s block is to secretly use the experiences of her patient, Margot, as inspiration, creating a bond that has irreversible effects on both of their lives. Adèle Exarchopoulos (AF FFF16, The Anarchists) plays the role of Margot, having won the Palme d’Or in 2013 for Blue Is the Warmest Colour (La Vie d’Adèle) along with director Abdellatif Kechiche and co-star Léa Seydoux – making this the first time the award has been shared by both filmmaker and leading performers. Continuing Triet’s fascination with identity, desire and control, Sibyl offers lingering psychological riddles, intelligent humour and a unique take on the often-unexpected fallout that can result when the work/life balance is in jeopardy. Darting between past and present, reality and fantasy, audiences will be swept away by a film as rich and rewarding as life itself.


"“Triet handles the material gracefully and skillfully, directing star Virginie Efira to one of her most impressive all-encompassing performances to date.”"

- Hollywood Reporter

Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 10th March


100 min




Virginie Efira, Sandra Hüller, Gaspard Ulliel, Laure Calamy, Adèle Exarchopoulos


Justine Triet


Film Festival


French, Italian and English with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Cinema Paradiso