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Proxima

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France, Germany

2019

1h 47m

Director Alice Winocour

Starring Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Zélie Boulant-Lemesle, Lars Eidinger

Genre Drama

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French astronaut Sarah, the only woman in her training program, lives alone with her 8-year-old daughter, Stella. When Sarah is chosen to embark on a yearlong space mission called Proxima, her work-life balance is further complicated, which causes her relationship with Stella to suffer in this compelling look at motherhood and career.

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80

Time Out by

Winocour does brilliant work at enlarging the minute details that define the way the wind is blowing in this relationship.
60

Film Threat by Andy Howell

It is that kind of “inside the life of an astronaut” angle that keeps the film reasonably engaging, even if you don’t care too much about the characters.
58

The Playlist by Ella Kemp

A film that takes so much care to spend time on a different perspective—on the woman juggling ambition and love without sacrifice—feels vital. At the same time, during the restrained and contemplative journey that precedes liftoff, “Proxima” often feels like it is waiting for a more devastating threat – you can do all the preparation in the world, and it still won’t prevent the fallout of the big leap when it happens.
90

Variety by Guy Lodge

An unostentatious but quietly dazzling meditation on womanhood in the largely patriarchal space race, Alice Winocour’s highly satisfying third feature outdoes many more lavish Hollywood efforts in evoking the otherworldly emotional disconnect that comes with space travel, all without leaving terra firma for the vast bulk of its running time.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

This superbly crafted yet intimate family drama is so realistic in terms of its setting and technical specificity, it sometimes feels like a documentary. ... It’s perhaps a tad deliberate in spots, hitting its central theme too heavily on the nose, but Proxima pulls off an impressive balancing act between the personal and the astronomical.

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