Nice, 1976. Following the failure of her marriage, Agnès Le Roux returns from Africa to her mother Renée, owner of the Casino Le Palais de la Méditerranée. The young lady falls in love with Renée’s confident, Maurice Agnelet, a handsome lawyer 10 years elder.
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A tiny moment of this film was me enough for me to not "put it away", as with this filmmaker previous films: the passage, in a brief panoramic - in a film in which abound unnecessary pans and traveling shots - by a book that the lawyer reads, André Gide's "Si le Grain ne Meurt". That's a remnant of the Nouvelle Vague heritage, the one that attaches to literature an identity farce of the filmmaker's alter ego .
I'm not a Téchiné fan, because as many french directors (after nouvelle vauge movement) i tend to blame them for the pouverty of nowadays european cinema. You see hundreds of films every year with the same story (or the bourgeois love drama or the despair of the poor), with the same structure and this film is one of these hundreds that you will forget and pack on your memory.
I found this very tough going to stick with for two whole hours. You know the kind of movie during which every now and then you sneak a look at the progress bar to see how long there is to go? One of those. Interesting in that it's based on a real life case of which I hadn't heard, and fun to watch an icon of cinema like Deneuve in scenes with the brilliant Adèle Haenel. But other than that a sadly forgettable piece.
Solid performance by Adèle Haenel as Agnès Le Roux. I thought she did so much better here than in "Les Combattants" where she won Best Actress. In real life, there was never a concrete evidence for the murder, and this movie was able to represent that in a way that is not biased or domineering for anybody's sake. It's a tragic story well-told. Better if you read the story behind. It's so much better.