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Charlotte

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France, Canada
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2021

1h 36m

Director Éric Warin, Tahir Rana
Starring Keira Knightley, Raoul Bhaneja, Hanneke Talbot, Scott McCord

Genre Animation

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Fiercely imaginative and deeply gifted, Charlotte Salomon dreams of becoming a painter. But as a German Jew on the eve of the Second World War, she is forced to leave Berlin for the relative safety of southern France. There, she embarks on the monumental adventure of painting her life story.

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IndieWire by

Any expectation that Salomon’s profound story might be depicted in grown-up, searching animation that’s still all too rare, is quickly dashed. Instead of being brought to a place of soulful contemplation, Charlotte merely becomes cinematic Ambien. What a tragedy.
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The Playlist by Carlos Aguilar

As much as Charlotte Salomon’s life is inherently worthy of admiration, and that it’s a valid creative choice on the directors’ part to make a tonally modest and straightforward depiction of the events, one can’t help but yearn for a version where her oeuvre and its stylized interpretation of her intimated universe had been a more deeply intertwined with how her prolific and unimaginably tragic story was told.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Kate Taylor

Sometimes, the animators find an expressive style to match difficult content – a suicide, a mercy killing and several sex scenes – and sometimes they just make the images of Salomon and the refugee with whom she falls in love seem leaden in comparison to the artist’s sprightly line.
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Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

It’s a handsome film, but a conventional one, rather missing the opportunity of allowing Salomon’s thrilling uninhibited style to inform the film’s aesthetic.