Just not a good film. Blier has made some excellent films, Preparer Vos Mouchoirs, Mon Pere, La Femme de Mon Pote...; this film is not in that category at all.
The first half hour has some interesting editing, some playing with timeline, lighting, sound, viewpoint... and then it just falls apart into standard melodrama. Yes Monica Belluci is a beautiful woman, there is no denying that. Those of you that are her fans, will not be deterred from this film. And those other 5 star reviews are completely for you.
For those who do not know Monica, the film just doesn't work. The scenes with this couple are not exciting. There isn't much chemistry between these two actors, and there certainly is no romance. Some might say, that's the point, he hired her to live with him. But for a film to be engaging, there has to ultimately be some kind of chemistry between teh two people, otherwise the film slides into a category not available at Amazon.
There is an amazingly annoying part to this film, the whole operatic part. For reasons I cannot fathom, there are moments where the film breaks into opera, the film goes very white with highlights horribly blown out, and there seems to be some kind of opera playing out in the plot. Then the plot goes back to it's sad melodrama.
No spoliers, but the ending is just a huge letdown. There should be irony, there just isn't. Sadly it just left a bad taste in my mouth. In fact, the ending even makes the film less comprehensible.
French with English subtitles. Previews on the disc. And most definately an R rated film.
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