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Planetarium (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 11 August 2017 (USA)
Follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.

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Rebecca Zlotowski

Writers:

Rebecca Zlotowski (screenplay), Robin Campillo (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Laura Barlow
Lily-Rose Depp ... Kate Barlow
Emmanuel Salinger Emmanuel Salinger ... André Korben
Amira Casar ... Eva Saïd
Pierre Salvadori Pierre Salvadori ... André Servier
Louis Garrel ... Fernand Prouvé
David Bennent ... Juncker
Damien Chapelle ... Louis
Jerzy Rogulski Jerzy Rogulski ... Professeur Ulé
Camille Lellouche Camille Lellouche ... La mariée
Christophe Odent ... Ange Ceccadi
Kamel Abdelli ... Bonell
Michel Zlotowski Michel Zlotowski ... Père Korben
Talina Boyaci Talina Boyaci ... Mme Lefebvre
Benoît Forgeard Benoît Forgeard ... Médecin
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In 1930s restless Paris, the American sisters and spiritual mediums Laura and Kate Barlow are an authentic psychic act touring pre-war Europe, where before an astounded audience, sceptical but curious spectators join them onstage for a hypnotic séance with the dearly departed. During a performance, a well-off film producer, André Korben, dazzled by the sisters' genuine psychic ability, will hire them for an ambitious film project which would contribute to the evolution of the French film industry, just by capturing even the faintest suggestion of a real paranormal manifestation. Little by little, the war creeps in and Korben's reputation rests entirely on the success of this single effort, nevertheless, are the Barlow Sisters nothing but an elaborate act or do they actually possess the dark gift? Written by Nick Riganas

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Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planetarium See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp play sisters. Natalie is 34 and Lily-Rose is 16. See more »

Quotes

André Korben: I am the first to regret that the French film industry has fallen so far behind in new technologies. While Americans continue to evolve, we have chosen to lay asleep! Do you wish to remain in slumber? Is that the solution you propose?
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Wonderful Depth and Splendor in 1930s Paris
16 October 2016 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

In Paris of the 1930s reality and illusion combine in myriad ways for visionary American sisters Laura (Natalie Portman) and Kate Barlow. The sisters manage to convince an ingenious and successful film producer, Andre Korben, that they can communicate with the dead and thereby reveal significant truths. Andre convinces the nomadic sisters to stay and star in his new film. As Kate and Laura launch their careers in film they discover different aspects of themselves in romance as well as acting, that place immense strains on their finances, sisterly connection and their new found benefactor even as a looming war – and all the hatreds it invigorates - threatens to envelope them all.

The memories, visions and prophecies of Planetarium's characters are beautifully illuminated and invigorated by dream sequences, poems and imagery of snowfall, the night sky filled with stars and twilight. There is wonderful depth and splendor in these machinations. There is a lovely poem about creatures with wings, and the spectacular feeling that sweeps over you when the window is opened and they choose to stay instead of flying away. A main theme of the film, that art, acting and stories - like ghosts - lead us to important truths, is very compelling, yet I wish the links and transitions were clearer in this respect. Natalie Portman's performance is exquisite. She manages emotional ambiguities, such as between hope and bitterness, so well. She delves into the playful sexuality that I loved so much in Black Swan. I wish there were longer and more frequent dream sequences. Seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.


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