VIFF 2023: “Anatomy of a Fall” and the Anatomy of an Exceptional Courtroom Drama | ForReel

Anatomy of a Fall

The cast is universally excellent, […] Samuel Theis and Sandra Hüller, in one of the film’s best scenes, have a violent argument (which is recorded and the audio played for the court) in which they discuss the balance of their lives and responsibilities. This scene feels like it could be taken from almost any relationship where the balances are uneven, and does the job of making sure neither one is entirely sympathetic.  

This is the aspect in which Hüller shines; Sandra is a strong, successful woman entitled to said success, but also behaves selfishly. The duality of sympathetic but also unlikable is a difficult needle to thread, but she pulls it off with precision, last seen in Cate Blanchett in Tár.   


This piece/episode was produced during the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike. Without the labour of the actors currently on strike, the films being discussed here wouldn’t exist.