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Seventh Heaven

French writer-director Benoit Jacquot’s intense, artful study of the seesawing sexual dynamics between psychologically troubled Mathilde (Sandrine Kiberlain, who specializes in projecting there-but-not-there) and her casually patronizing surgeon husband (Vincent Lindon). Once a mysterious doctor frees her to enjoy the ”seventh heaven” of full, erotic selfhood, her husband reacts with fear, jealousy, and anger, switching roles with his blossoming wife. Jacquot’s exceptional psychological understanding (particularly of women) is matched by an adventurous (if sometimes distractingly disembodied) filmmaking style. A-

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