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France · 2019
1h 40m
Director Justine Triet
Starring Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel, Niels Schneider
Genre Comedy, Drama

Sibyl, a psychotherapist, returns to her first passion: writing. Her newest patient Margot, a troubled up-and-coming actress, proves to be a source of inspiration. Fascinated almost to the point of obsession, Sibyl becomes more and more involved in Margot’s life as she starts to blur the past with the present, fiction with reality.

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The Film Stage by Ed Frankl

The final third, especially, is by-the-numbers plotting. It’s a pity, as the film starts off promising some interesting overarching themes, especially Sibyl’s underhand ethics of mining her psychological examinations for fiction. As a metaphor for artistic invention, it’s an interesting, but unsuccessful one.


Screen Daily by Fionnuala Halligan

Sibyl is far less than the sum of its parts, and never manages to shake off a heavy tone which consistently threatens to capsize even the rare funny interludes.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Triet’s chic, blackly comic psychodrama piles up bad decisions like so many profiteroles in a croquembouche, admiring the teetering spectacle of its chaos as it goes.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

Efira is a dominant and compelling presence and Sibyl is frequently funny. Ultimately, it never quite squares the circle of the comedy and the pain, but Triet is a sophisticated filmmaker and this – her third feature – is further proof of great talent.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

It’s about as French as you can get, to a point that feels borderline absurd in places, and yet Triet handles the material gracefully and altogether skillfully, directing star Virginie Efira to one of her most impressive all-encompassing performances to date.


Film Threat by Lorry Kikta

There are visually stunning scenes throughout, but the acting and writing are the pièce de résistance of Sibyl and should be exactly why you put this film on your radar as one to watch from 2019. It’s certainly going on my end of year favorite list.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Fundamentally, Sybil is not funny because it is not convincing, and some of the acting is not of the highest order. Efira’s “drunk” turn is something she may wish to omit from her showreel.

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