Xavier Dolan, Bruce Greenwood and Catherine Keener star in this big-screen adaptation of the play by Nicolas Billon, about a psychiatrist who is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient (Dolan) about the disappearance of a colleague.
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A well made cat and mouse tale that finds a hospital administrator/psychiatrist interviewing an inmate about a missing doctor finding himself manipulated in the process. Bruce Greenwood and Catherine Keener are excellent here but young Xavier Dolan is not reigned in enough and mugs a little much. Worse the side story involving a Downs afflicted niece and a clinging new love for the psychiatrist. Strong tech work.
The film is generally good, though I believe that its attraction and tension comes from the acting of Xavier Dolan, who's superb in his role of the crazy patient. I wonder whether the film should have been a bit longer in order to get more out of it. The ending was a bit of a let down and could have been done better I suppose.
Aside from the magnificent acting on the part of both Greenwood and Dolan, this film touches on themes of mental illness, death, the impurities and inaccessibility of love, and the inability to process it all in due time. A sad, unpredictable ending accompanies the mysterious time that trails before it, and makes me want to watch again and again to analyze each intricacy that comes embedded in this glorious film.
Malgré quelques séquences qui tournent quelquefois à vide et un huis clos parfois surnuméraire dans la progression dramatique de l'histoire, l'époustouflante interprétation du phénomène Xavier Dolan mérite à elle seule le déplacement, même alourdie de temps à autre par un sur-jeu ostentatoire et des minauderies inutiles... www.cinefiches.com
That Xavier Dolan bloke could really make more than a few people quite envious, being this handsome, talented charismatic actor/director...
His performance totally lights up what otherwise would have been a competent but lazy adaptation of the Nicolas Billon play. Katherine Keener is also excellent.