A complete curate's egg. The sequences with Gainsbourg and Cotillard are fabulous; the rest is ho hum although one can enjoy seeing the parallels with the otherwise very boring spy hokum farce. I'd have cut it by 45 minutes but I suspect Desplechin would say that is to entirely miss the point.
The trailer misrepresented this film but that allowed many surprises in the last reel. I'm not sure it all gels but the magnificence of the performances border on silent movie close-ups repurposed for contemporary vernacular grabbed my attention like few other movies that are out there currently.
Viennale, DCP _ Instead of doing the same film all over again, Desplechin took risks and reinvented himself with this crazy one - one or many actually. Ten different styles, spy, horror, comedy, Bergman-like, mixed in an epic game-hommage for the best and the worst. You can tell thay had fun doing it. First-class cast. DOP Irina Lubtschansky does a great job at switching atmospheres.
Film torturé, mal dirigé, mal filmé, image saccadée épuisante, musique envahissante, dialogues hystériques, scénario absurde. Après 1 h COTILLARD apparaît nue & belle, un éclair sur un océan de détritus. === Tortured, badly directed, poorly filmed, jerky image exhausting to watch, invading music, hysterical dialogues, absurd scenario. After 1 hour COTILLARD appears naked & beautiful, a flash in an ocean of trash.