Show & Tell: Let The Sunshine In


It’s July and there is sun to enjoy, drinks are being served on decks and patios, boats and kayaks are beckoning from the harbor, and there’s sand begging to be lain upon. So why am I inviting you to sit in a darkened theater and watch a movie? Let’s see how short I can make this.

Tomorrow’s film discussion will be of a movie starring Juliette Binoche. See you there.

Or: Tomorrow’s movie is the latest from brilliant and unpredictable French director Claire Denis. See you there.

Or: I, personally, me, Paul Goodwin, think this is going to be a really good movie. From what I’ve read, it’s sexy, challenging, talky, and filled with insight about what it might be like to be dating after the age of 50. Claire Denis doesn’t do clichés, and Juliette Binoche could find the beauty, vulnerability, and strength in an IRS tax notice.

The movie is Let the Sunshine In, and it’s a romantic comedy, but not the kind of romantic comedy Hollywood produces. Juliette Binoche plays a divorced painter in Paris who would really like to find someone to fall in love with. And the fact that she’s disappointed in various witty and wistful ways paints a picture of a complex woman dealing with dating at a certain age.

I haven’t seen the movie, of course, but after reading what Denis, Binoche, and the critics have to say about it I think it will be a wonderful film to watch and a great movie to discuss. And its portrayal of Binoche’s various dates as she searches for true love, while they apparently don’t reflect well on French men, sound pretty hilarious.

So, if you’re only going to watch one movie this Tuesday, I think this should be the one. Let the Sunshine In will play in the Music Hall Loft at 7:00pm.

See you there.

And if you’re up for watching one of the best-reviewed movies of the year, don’t forget to put The Rider on your calendar for July 31.

Paul Goodwin