Ah, that telling shout-out to Lang's SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR in the late going. Well played, Claude. Commentators on Chabrol's debt to Lang always mention (as well they should) the theme of destiny. Here destiny becomes related to a kind of primal scene and the ineluctable drive toward its recreation. MERCI is also (naturally) about aberrant psychology and chemistry. And there are a lot of gazes up to a lot of stuff.
Une oeuvre au tempo mesuré et implacable de Chabrol et autre rôle de femme perturbée pour HUPPERT, qui montre une fois encore qu'elle est la meilleure actrice française aujourd'hui. ===== An implacable work by Chabrol and another role for HUPPERT as a disturbed woman, showing once again that she's the best French actress today.
a solid, late, if minor work from chabrol. the style is unusual and he does well to integrate elements from hitchcock and lynch. some of the backing performances are fine too, but as always isabelle huppert dominates with a bravura performance of utter quality, she displays the sadistic traces of her most famous role as 'the piano teacher'. no masterpiece but still something solid.
An interesting film on the nature of evil. Nothing new, though.... the topic has been discussed before, in the novel- play- subsequent film "The Bad Seed, 1956 - Mervin LeRoy", for instance. Isabelle Huppert is wonderful as always.
Just saw this at LACMA. Huppert definitely deserves praise for her work. Also, Chabrol makes piano-playing such a seductive activity. And the final note (in more ways than one) the film ends on is such a darkly comic one.