- Sandra Huller, Swann Arland, Samuel Theis
- November 10th 2023
- Justine Triet
A German novelist stands accused of killing her husband by pushing him off a balcony of their home.
Justine Triet’s courtroom drama, Anatomy of a Fall, won the Cannes Film Festival’s most coveted prize – the Palme d’Or – earlier this year and now we can finally find out what all the acclaim is about.
The movie centres upon German novelist Sandra (Sandra Hüller), who lives with her French writer/teacher husband Samuel (Samuel Theis) and their 11-year-old visually impaired son Daniel (Milo Machado-Graner) in Samuel’s hometown of Grenoble.
One day, Daniel returns to their chalet after walking the dog and finds Samuel dead outside the house with a severe head injury.
Did he jump from the building or was he pushed? As Sandra was the only one home at the time and the death doesn’t seem accidental, she stands trial accused of killing her husband.
The film follows the standard procedural beats – the autopsy, witness testimonies, reconstructions of Samuel’s fall and then, of course, the trial. It could...