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Radioactive (2019) – The 33nd Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy


Savoy Theatre, Kasarmikatu 46-48, Helsinki

Banish the dull images of test tubes and musty lecture halls when considering Radioactive … The biopic traces the career trajectory of Madame Marie Curie (a magnificent Rosamund Pike), the Polish immigrant born Maria Salomea Skłodowska who became the first person — and the only woman — to win two Nobel prizes. She shared the first in 1903, for discovering radium and polonium (named after her native country), with her French husband and fellow physicist Pierre Curie (Sam Riley). And the historical drama would be a dutiful thing, indeed, if it merely ticked off a list of Marie’s accomplishments, including being the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.

Pike is having none of that – her performance as the headstrong Marie feels electro-charged. The same sparks run through the direction of Marjane Satrapi, who knows how to energize screen biography; just watch 2007’s Persepolis, the animated film that she co-directed that’s based on her own graphic novel about growing up in Iran under the Shah.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Theme: Fearless
Country: United Kingdom, China, France, Hungary, USA
Director: Marjane Satrapi
Screenplay: Jack Thorne
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy
Production: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster / Working Title Films, Shoebox Films
Duration: 109 min
Age limit: 12
Language: English
Subtitles: N/A
Distribution: SF Film Finland
Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle
Editing: Stéphane Roche
Music: Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine
Sound: Steve Fanagan
Production design: Michael Carlin

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