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Binoche plays tragic sculptress Claudel in new film

* Juliette Binoche plays sculptress Camille Claudel * Biopic covers three days of her life * Director recruits mental patients for asylum scenes By Mike Collett-White BERLIN, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The story of French sculptress Camille Claudel is almost impossibly sad, and Juliette Binoche attempts to portray that tragedy in a new film set in an asylum where the actress performs alongside mentally disabled patients.

Binoche sought extremes with Berlinale contender

French Oscar winner Juliette Binoche stars as Auguste Rodin's ex-lover and muse who was confined to an asylum in the Berlinale contender "Camille Claudel 1915", a role she said attracted her for its extremes. Binoche, 48, who picked up her Academy Award for her 1997 turn as a World War II nurse in "The English Patient", told AFP that she had exposed herself physically and mentally to play Claudel, who was a sculptor in her own right.
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