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.