Any investigator will tell you, if a husband or wife is found murdered, always look at the spouse first. Taking the top prize at Cannes was Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall, in which Sandra Hüller plays a bisexual novelist and wife who is immediately a suspect when her husband is found dead in the snow.
Hüller, who emerged on the international stage in 2016’s Toni Erdmann, is joined in the cast by Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado Graner, Antoine Reinartz, Samuel Theis, Jehnny Beth, Saadia Bentaïeb, Camille Rutherford, Anne Rotger, and Sophie Fillières.
Triet co-wrote the screenplay with her own spouse, filmmaker Arthur Harari. The two previously worked together on 2019’s Sibyl, which also featured Hüller.
Here is the synopsis: For the past year, Sandra, her husband Samuel, and their eleven-year-old son Daniel have lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, the police question whether he was murdered or committed suicide. Samuel’s suspicious death is presumed murder, and Sandra becomes the main suspect. What follows is not just an investigation into the circumstances of Samuel’s death but an unsettling psychological journey into the depths of Sandra and Samuel’s conflicted relationship.
Anatomy of a Fall opens in NY and LA on October 13th.