Alternative Character Interpretation: According to Charlotte Gainsbourg, Claire's life really isn't as perfect as it seems; essentially, she's doing exactly what she accuses Justine of doing, going through the rituals of life for the sake of it without actually being happy. On the other hand, many viewers tend to regard Claire as the more sympathetic sister.
"For me, itís like sheís pretending to be a mother, pretending to be a wife, pretending to take care of the house. Nothingís really truthful. Thatís the way I find it, but I donít think Lars had this vision of my character being so cold and, um ó antipathique? I didnít like myself. It was interesting ó not to fight against the character, because I really was her and I felt for her. But I felt ashamed. In those scenes where the end is close and I start crying ó the whole thing is about being so naive!"