She hides it well, but Júlia's life is complicated. True, she's the star director of one of Barcelona's top theatres, but only because her ac...展开ting career faltered years before, after her young daughter died in a car accident. And, yes, she's married to Gerardo, one of the most admired theatre critics in the city. But his meddlesome tendencies, their separate bedrooms, and her own extramarital affair make their relationship less than ideal.
Enter Marina, a charmingly neurotic playwright whose new script all but falls into Júlia's lap. At first resistant, Júlia begins to find both the script and Marina inexplicably compelling.
Marina's historical drama explores the unusual relationship between Madame de Sévigné and her daughter, Madame de Grignan, whose passionate love letters caused a religious scandal in seventeenth-century France. Pressured by the theatre company and Gerardo's misgivings, the two women collaborate to revise the script, not imagining how much the romance on the page will infiltrate their own lives.
With this film, director Marta Balletbò-Coll affirms her cinematic powers both behind the camera and in front of it, delivering a brilliant performance as Marina. Jokingly comparing herself to television detective Colombo, Marina is quirky and nervous on the surface, yet deeply passionate within. Anna Azcona as Júlia provides the ideal foil to Marina's frenetic charisma – smoldering and quietly intense, she is floundering beneath her self-assured facade.
Sévigné offers the perfect antidote to the saccharine and superficial romantic comedies which fill the multiplex. Naturally, this film embraces the expected witty repartee and climactic emotions of the genre. But its philosophical depth and emotional complexity make it unusually touching, a delicious and refreshing film experience to savor.