The first of the two Johan Daisne films by André Delvaux. A story balancing on the frontier between reality and illusion – typical of ‘magic realism’. Govert Miereveld does not recognise in the Fran he meets again after many years the Fran he had worshipped. They spend a long night together and it ends with a shot. Has he really killed her, or was it an illusion? —Nederlands Film Festival
The film director André Delvaux was known as “the godfather of the Belgian film industry”, having put his small country on the film map after his first feature film, The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short, won international acclaim in 1965. His works often mingled realism and fantasy in a style labelled “magic realism”. Though his films tended to find more favour with critics than public, he had great success with such titles as Un soir, un train (One Night . . . a Train, 1968) and Rendez-vous à Bray (Rendezvous in Bray, 1971).
Before the advent of Delvaux, Belgium had been known as a country that enthusiastically promoted international cinema via several film festivals and had an enviably extensive archive in its Cinemathèque Royale, but could boast no native film industry. Too small a country for a commercial film to make a profit through domestic success alone, and further fragmented by bilingualism, Belgium was once described by the… read more
Mediocre acting, and a boring storyline. I also think that the movie assumes you've read the book, because some scenes don't get explained and it's hard to know what happened, unless you 'know' from reading the book (or like me, book reviews :) ). Or maybe I just don't get it... That's also an option.
Also: Abel Ferrara intends to direct Gérard Depardieu as Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Isabelle Adjani as Anne Sinclair.