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Her Name Is Sabine Review

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A portrait of Sabine Bonnaire, the autistic sister of the french actress Sandrine Bonnaire.

★★★★

One of the most arresting directorial debuts of recent times, actress Sandrine Bonnaire’s profile of her younger sister is intimate and unflinching. Cross-cutting footage of Sabine as a free-spirited young woman, Bonnaire explains how she declined during a five-year stay in a psychiatric hospital that failed to diagnose her autism and psycho-infantility. Yet she also celebrates the lost Sabine, and the scene in which she shows her clips of their long-ago trip to New York is heart-breaking. Clearly campaigning for more care homes like the one she co funded for her sister, Bonnaire is also dealing with the realisation that sometimes love isn’t enough.

A truly heart-breaking documentary.

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