This is a brilliant piece of work. Absolutely captivating, an intricate story with compelling dialogue, well balanced by skilful cinematography that subtly shows what it doesn't tell. The story itself is compelling, and very relevant.
Riveting despite being a quiet movie. The best of French intellectualism without the preciosity. Mathieu Amalric brilliantly leads a terrific cast. Direction manages to be both haunting and bold with stark cuts and provocative narrative jumps. The theme of guilt is multi-textured—sins of the father, sins of the bystander, sins of the dissimulators who re-enact old crimes draped in new uniforms.
Impeccable cinematography, styling, and movement. A meditative contemplation is nurtured through the progressive yet flowing narrative. Your thoughts have enough room to breathe while the language continually provokes....
An excellent script from Elisabeth Perceval adapting the Francois Emmanuel tome into a mediation on business psychology, guilt and contemporary European identity. Klotz's direction is languid enveloping the viewer in its slow pace and eventual discoveries. Music choices may be disconcerting to some but fit and create the mood intended. Amalric very good here with fair turns by veterans Lonsdale and Castel.
A critique of the darkness that lies at the heart of modern Europe. A compelling take on corporate culture and the alienation it produces. The film discusses various philosophical themes in an abstract manner, focusing more on the aesthetic of the ideas rather than their content. The film does feel slightly elongated but in its totality provides a dispiriting two hour journey with little to no hope for redemption.