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A Couple

1hr 3mins
Directed by
Frederick Wiseman
Nathalie Boutefeu
Film Language
in French with English subtitles

Area exclusive! Director Frederick Wiseman's first narrative feature in 20 years.   

A Couple is a film about a long term relationship between a man and a woman. The man is Leo Tolstoy. The woman is his wife, Sophia. They were married for 36 years, had 13 children, nine of whom survived. Each kept a diary. Although they lived together, in the same house, they wrote letters frequently to each other.

The Tolstoy’s were also a dysfunctional couple, arguing frequently and being very unhappy with each other while occasionally enjoying passionate moments of reconciliation. The film is Sophia’s monologue about the joys and struggles of their life together, loosely drawn from their letters to each other and their diary entries. The film was shot in a beautiful garden on Belle Ile, an island off the coast of Brittany.

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