Isabelle, a divorced mother of one, is looking for love. True love.
Initially supposed to be an adaptation of an essay by Roland Barthes “A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments”, “Un beau soleil intérieur” is the result of the meeting and collaboration between director Claire Denis (Trouble Every Day, Beau Travail) and writer Christine Angot (Un Amour Impossible, Rendez-Vous). Carried by a prestigious cast (Juliette Binoche, Josiane Balasko, Gérard Depardieu…), the film offers a powerful and accurate approach of what it is like to be enamored or in love. It is also how the two women look at their own romantic failures, bits of their own lives, fragments of their own stories.
“Isabelle is a woman who sees the gap widening between what she is looking for in men and what she obtains. This gaping grows bigger with every encounter and every “fragment”. But she is not a feminine version of Dom Juan: a depressed seductress, victim of an addiction that would kill her slowly. She is more of a Casanova, with a hedonistic approach to pleasure, but since she is a woman, it has to be better concealed.”