Anatomy of a Fall

Director: Justine Triet
Year Released: 2023
Rating: 3.0

Teacher-turned-wannabe-writer Samuel Maleski (Samuel Theis) is found dead in the snow outside his chalet by his visually-impaired 11-year-old son Daniel (Milo Machado-Graner), so the authorities investigate the crime, discover secret recordings Samuel had on a USB drive, indict his novelist wife Sandra Voyter (Sandra Hüller) and put her on trial where a lot is revealed about their personal lives, including her bisexuality, his depression and Daniel's accident.  The title evokes Otto Preminger's 1959 masterpiece Anatomy of a Murder (which wisely has James Stewart as the lead, not Lee Remick's character) and while it is a smidge too drawn out and tedious at points - and the manner in which Sandra is ultimately acquitted strains plausibility (although it's certainly worthy of discussion, as justice is literally blind in this case) - I must give it credit to it for keeping me fluctuating between thinking she's guilty and then second guessing myself the next minute.  Hüller is superb as the icy but rattled defendant as is Swann Arlaud as her savvy attorney, who reminds her that the truth, technically speaking, doesn't matter and that it's what you can "prove" in court.  To answer the question of "do you think you can only write from experience," here's an unfriendly reminder that a certain Orenthal James Simpson already penned a "book" called If I Did It....