Natalie Portman is an Oscar-winning actress who has appeared in three Star Wars prequels and two Marvel movies (Thor and Thor: The Dark World), but for her newest movie, she does something she’s yet to do on screen: speak French. The drama in question is Planetarium, an under-the-radar French-Belgian import that debuted in select theaters this past weekend. No matter its relative lack of mainstream buzz, it’s a unique vehicle for the actress, who stars alongside Lily-Rose Depp (daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis) as an American in pre-WWII France who can speak to dead people. And on the heels of its debut, Yahoo Movies has an exclusive clip from the film.
The clip won’t give you much of an idea of Planetarium’s plot, which focuses on Portman and Depp’s clairvoyant siblings, who after a lengthy world tour arrive in Paris and are subsequently hired by a French movie studio bigwig (Emmanuel Salinger) for a séance. Convinced of their powers, the mogul sets about making a movie with them, all while they live in his home, which leads to stardom and sisterly tensions that are only hinted at in this scene. What is conveyed here, though, is the lush, expressionistic atmosphere of director Rebecca Zlotowski’s film — as well as its fondness for breathy narration.
A melodrama of a most unique sort, Planetarium once more proves that Portman is one of world cinema’s most daring artists. To get a small taste of her latest work, check out our exclusive clip from the film (above), which is in select theaters now.
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