“I’ll be you and you be me.” A lawyer famous for losing hopeless cases agrees to defend a young man accused of murdering his wealthy aunt…only to have their identities start to blur. Meanwhile, a group of sinister psychologists circle around them.
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A masterpiece by all means. Scant attention to narrative, pedantic mise en scène, a convoluted reality-fiction interplay, semblence of a murder mystery and revenge drama and yet not quite, and a brilliant Catherine Denveuve. Not much else you can ask for.
Fascinating script by Ruiz and Bonitzer with a ravishing Deneuve game for its puzzle box structure. Deneuve is quite remarkable here but unfortunately both Piccoli and Poupaud overact this time out. Camera work and set design though subdued are interesting but its the script that sings here with its odd mix of psychology, surrealism and chamber drama. Well worth a watch but not classic Ruiz.