Exploitative trash. Speaking to any seasoned family lawyer (Driver's character should have done molto presto, incidentally) will reveal that awful parenting is hardly uncommon. That apparently went over Costanzo's head, however; he's too interested in playing up this cheap horror as Serious Familial Drama. Can't say I'm a fan of the ham-handed metaphors either.
I have nothing nice to say about this film. I really like both actors and had read some great reviews about this film, but it was poorly written, the ending was a cop out and those close up fish lens angles were really cheesy to me. It tried for some sort of psychological thriller in the realm of Rosemary's Baby but it just wasn't.
Quelles violences nous conduisent à perdre pied ? Qu'est-ce qui amène un couple à s'entredéchirer ? Si ce film déstabilisant se gonfle parfois de trop d'effets, l'interprétation et le propos demeurent puissants, avec un scénario qui a la grande intelligence de rester toujours sur le fil du couteau, ne versant ni dans un camp, ni dans l'autre, nous renvoyant toujours à ce que l'on veut croire. Puissamment dérangeant !
Saverio Costanzo's second film is very mature on a thematic level, with a less mature directorial touch which is nonetheless able to convey the claustrophobic environment of Jude and Mina's world. Absolutely recommended, original, with masterful acting from both Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher.
Such a strange film. The direction and camera work all feel way off and the lighting is hammy but perfectly suited to the over-performance of grandma. As repelling as it felt to watch the tension was none-the-less tangible and engrossing. Driver's scene at the psychiatrist was one of his best yet. 3 stars
Having a camera always on top of the characters and turns, without definition or not even a know how, playing in the permanent specularity of a becoming fiction in search of the best way to find a performance - and just because - will only,and only, be cinema, because times are amenable to craps full of "serious" issues. There will be a more unbearable actress than this?, or a director less director than this?