Usedom

Usedom

Director: Marie Noëlle
Country: Germany/France/Poland
Year: 2016
Running time: 95 min
In French with English subtitles

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MARIE CURIE: THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE

The most turbulent five years in the life of a genius woman: Between 1905, where Marie Curie comes with Pierre Curie to Stockholm to be awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the radioactivity and 1911, where she receives her second Nobel Prize.

1906, Pierre Curie is run over by a horse-drawn carriage and tragically dies on a Parisian street. Marie’s unique marriage and happiest lifetime is destroyed in one go. Left alone with two young daughters, the widow has responsibilities that would overwhelm the strongest man but she faces her duties with greatest courage as a mother and a scientist. Despite her sorrow, she continues the work that she began with Pierre, taking especially the “Curie-therapy” they developed against cancer to great heights. But science is primarily a man’s world and Marie’s audacity is not well seen by everybody. As she embarks on a passionate affair with the mathematician Paul Langevin, she provokes a huge scandal and the tabloids drag her name through the mud. Alarmed by all the malevolent headlines, the Swedish Nobel Academy, who wanted to award her a second Nobel Prize (making her the first person ever to receive two), forbids her to drive to Stockholm to fetch her award. Doesn’t a woman in love earn recognition for her work?

Years later Marie founds the Curie Institute that changed the face of cancer treatment and is today the most successful research center in France. The fate of the Curie and Langevin families remained in the future intertwined: two generations later the granddaughter of Marie, Hélène Curie, and the grandson of Paul, Michel Langevin, both scientists, will fall in love and marry. Today Pierre, Marie and Paul rest in peace next to each other at the Panthéon in Paris.

COMING TO DVD ON DECEMBER 11!

 

 

REVIEWS

"Equal parts straightforward history lesson and expressionist art film, the biographical drama Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge is an absorbing and intimate look at the famous scientist's life." - Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune

"A Schubert-esque score and an extremely pretty, dappled cinematography make Marie Curie a compelling portrait of an undeniably important woman." - Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic

"Curie deserves the recognition and there's an honourable attempt to colour in the historical context with references to the Dreyfus affair and the political state of play in turn-of-the-century Europe." - Leslie Felperin, The Guardian

 

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