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About the Movie
An Encounter with Simone Weil tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil – a woman Albert Camus described as "the only great spirit of our time." On her quest to understand Simone Weil, filmmaker Julia Haslett confronts profound questions of moral responsibility both within her own family and the larger world. From the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to anti-war protests in Washington DC, from intimate exchanges between the filmmaker and her older brother, who struggles with mental illness, to captivating interviews with people who knew Simone Weil, the film takes us on an unforgettable journey into the heart of what it means to be a compassionate human being.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 6
- Fresh: 3
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Though Weil remains fascinating, Ms. Haslett's film, even when it uses more traditional documentary techniques, mostly isn't.
Fresh: Julia Haslett's absorbing if patchy ode to Weil, an advocate for the rights of the disadvantaged, confronts her subject's ideas of moral responsibility through surprisingly personal and experimental means.
Rotten: Ultimately, the film doesn't feel like it ever left Julia Haslett's head, leaving us a little cold.