This bold adaptation of Émile Zola’s sordid novel of adultery and murder in 19th-century Paris places the talented Elizabeth Olsen in the title role, engaging our sympathies and our revulsion in equal measure, until the satisfyingly grim finale.
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SPOILERS. Man this was pretty bad. I never felt anything for any of the characters. Also I hate when they take a story set in France with French characters, and they just make them all speak British English. Was Jessica Lange supposed to be doing an English or French accent? Either way it sucked. Oscar Isaac and Elizabeth Olsen were sort of ok. Tom Felton played well the pathetic character, was actually glad he died.
A daring and sexy thriller that handles the nature of dangerous lust in the same vein of Double Indemnity and Body Heat and explores the tragic irony of pursuing desire in a world of suppression. Elizabeth Olsen is so richly layered in her vulnerability and obsession, Oscar Isaac seduces with his bad-boy charm and beauty, and Jessica Lange is an emotional marvel in a mixture of cold demeanor and broken strength.