Director: Frederick Wiseman Run Time: 63 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2022
Starring: Nathalie Boutefeu
The first dramatic film from noted documentarian Frederick Wiseman in twenty years, A COUPLE dramatizes the correspondence between Leo Tolstoy and Sophia, his wife of 36 years. The pair had a tumultuous relationship and, despite living in the same house, they frequently wrote letters to each other. This film is Sophia’s monologue about the joys and struggles of their life together, loosely drawn from their letters to each other and their diary entries.
In French with English subtitles
“On the surface this might seem an inversion of the filmmaker’s entire modus operandi, and yet ‘A Couple’ is still spiritually a Frederick Wiseman film through and through.” – Sean Burns, WBUR’s Art & Culture