The reflection of Sibyl (2019), by Justine Triet – Criticism

The Sibyl Reflection It is encased in such a way that the action becomes increasingly confusing and obtuse.

Sibyl is a woman dedicated to psychology. Try to help others, while wanting to continue a new vital project consisting of writing. This should lead her to leave the query in the background, in order to devote herself to literature. However, as we see in The Sibyl Reflection, his attempts are quickly intervened by people requesting his help as a psychologist. We might think that the film is about the inner struggle between a professional, which is requested by her patients, and a woman who wants to conquer time to devote herself to literature. However, we soon see that The Sibyl Reflection It is encased in such a way that the action becomes increasingly confusing and obtuse. Or what is the same: many characters, a lot of words, a lot of change for nothing. That is to say, The Sibyl Reflection Drifts as your viewing progresses. The pity is that an excellent actress, Virginie Efira, who embodies Sibyl, which is the name of the psychologist, her work, I say, is spoiled everywhere. I hope and wish that Virginie will find better future support from scripts that are at her height.

Something else: it could be understood that The Sibyl Reflection It is the exhibition of reflexes that Sibyl experiences in others. That is, the lack of others' north affects the north that Sibyl wants to undertake. Faced with such a lack of script and direction, the viewer has no choice but to get bored. And the worst thing is that it does not even serve to fall asleep, because the maelstrom prevents it.

The pity is that an excellent actress, Virginie Efira, her work, I say, is spoiled everywhere.

Another thing to highlight within the nonsense: the presence of the German actress Sandra Hüller, which we have seen recently in other films. I remember with pleasure, for example, her role as daughter of Toni Erdmann. Or also in In Den Gängen (Just around the corner, from 2018). Sandra Hüller plays a great role, but her talent is totally wasted, as is Virginie Efira's.


Synopsis Sibyl is a therapist who decides to return to what her true passion is: writing. In order to do so, he stops seeing all his patients, which allows him to focus on the stories he wants to write. However, her tranquility is disrupted by the call of Margot, a young actress of tumultuous life who begs to see her. The writer accepts, without suspecting that the revelations of her new patient are about to change her life forever.
country France
Address Justine Triet
Script Justine Triet, Arthur Harari
Photography Simon Beaufils
Distribution Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel, Sandra Hüller, Niels Schneider, Laure Calamy, Paul Hamy, Arthur Harari, Adrien Bellemare, Jeane Arra-Bellanger
Gender Drama
Duration 100 min
Original title Sibyl
Premiere 01/10/2019

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