The second film directed by Laine, An Open Heart met with tepid reviews in France and poor box office receipts.
An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.
She was not particularly academic and in her teenage years began acting at school in amateur stage productions.
But one can readily accept this factor as the film tackles bigger issues and offers intellectual nourishment that mostly other films avoid.
The film won favorable reviews, particularly in the U.
At this point, Binoche seemed to be at a crossroads in her career.