3 Days in Quiberon (2018)

Germany never took Austrian screen queen Romy Schneider to heart during the adult phase of her career, and the entire nation seems to have been atoning for this cruel oversight ever since. For her fifth feature 3 Days in Quiberon, the Berlin-born, French-Iranian-American writer-director Emily Atef channels this collective guilt into a good-looking chamber drama based around a revelatory interview that Schneider gave to Stern magazine at a French health-spa hotel in 1981. It was one of her final media profiles, and one of her most emotionally raw. Just over a year later, she was found dead in her Paris apartment, killed by cardiac arrest at just 43.

An uncanny dead ringer for Schneider, Viennese actress Marie Bäumer has turned down previous offers to play the tragic diva, but Atef persuaded her with a juicy plum of a lead role. 3 Days in Quiberon gives Bäumer ample room to play flighty, brittle, defiant, needy, haughty, seductive and fifty shades of vulnerable. 3 Days in Quiberon […] feature[s] four fine lead performances, and looks sumptuous thanks to Thomas Kiennast’s elegant cinematography, a luminous canvas of silvery monochrome and crisp framing splashed by occasional bursts of authentically retro lens flare.

Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

  • Orig. title: 3 Tage in Quiberon
  • Language: French, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Beta Cinema
  • Cinematography: Thomas W. Kiennast
  • Editing: Hansjörg Weissbrich