Anatomy of a fall: no Oscar but the million entries for Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or

One million spectators for “Anatomy of a Fall”: the film joins the list of Palmes d’Or to have exceeded this important milestone.

While we expected to see Anatomy of a Fall represent us at the next Oscars, it was ultimately The Passion of Dodin Bouffant, Best Director Prize at the last Cannes Film Festival, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. But during this time, the 2023 Palme d’Or is not to be outdone and continues its small (long) way at the box office.

While not all Palmes d’Or awards are necessarily popular successes, some still manage to establish themselves at the box office. Since the beginning of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946, out of 76 Palms awarded, 10 have been awarded to a French film and 34 have exceeded one million admissions in French cinemas… and now 35!

Anatomy of a fallwhich received the Palme d’Or last May, succeeds Parasite by Bong-Joon ho, which is the last Palme to have exceeded this milestone with 1.7 million spectators in theaters in 2019 in France.

Justine Triet’s film almost equals La Vie d’Adèle by Abdellatif Kechiche (1.036 million admissions in 2013) and could still catch up with Entre les Murs by Laurent Cantet (1.6 million admissions in 2008). The feature film, however, exceeds – and significantly – the last French Palme d’Or, Titane by Julia Ducournau (306,293 admissions in 2021) as well as Dheepan by Jacques Audiard (663,000 admissions in 2015).

As a reminder, the film tells the story of Sandra, Samuel and their visually impaired 11-year-old son, Daniel, who live far from everything in the mountains. One day, Samuel is found dead at the foot of their house. An investigation is open. Suicide or homicide: Sandra is charged despite doubt. A year later, Daniel witnesses his mother’s trial and a real dissection of the couple that his parents formed.

Anatomy of a Fall can be seen at your nearest cinema.

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