Film On Demand


October 01 - 07, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

A complex, multi-dimensional portrait of a talented woman who wants to have it all—career, family, creative inspiration and passion—and learns the price of her ambition.

20/21 Hop Film

As the titular anti-heroine, Virginie Efira plays a successful psychologist and mother who decides to ditch most of her patients to return to writing. Desperately lacking inspiration for her first book, she finds a godsend in Margot (a perfectly cast Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color), a young actress who stumbles into her practice in the midst of a major crisis. 

Sibyl soon becomes engulfed in the distraught girl's life, to the point where shrink, patient, novel and film production start blending together in troubling ways. Providing a welcome female viewpoint (from director Justine Triet) on a genre that's been all-too often tackled by men, Sibyl is at once a sultry, suspense-ridden drama and a frenzied profile of a woman juggling professional and personal needs with extreme difficulty. Efira plays several roles at the same time — the astute psychologist, the struggling author, the affectionate yet neglectful mom, the fervid lover — and the result is undeniably compelling. With its fraught and distinctly fragmented female gaze, Sibyl asks us: What happens when the gaze gazes back? D: Justine Triet, France, subtitled, 2020, 1h51m  

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