Escaping from the clinic above Lausanne where she has been confined, Diane Kramer is driven by one obsession: to find the driver of the mocha-coloured car who turned her life upside-down. Taking with her a few possessions, a bit of money and a weapon, she heads for Evian.
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A mother's love and the psychologically devastating effect of a child's death. Coupled with adultery and incest. And firearms. And a cool car. If Simenom didn't write the book someone else is as good as Simenon.
Made with a lightness of touch which deepens the serious and dramatic nature of the narrative. Lausanne, at once so ordered and prosperous and yet so creepy. The stormy weather and the choppy lake underscore the anger which drives the lead character's pursuit of revenge. Surely there's Nazi gold in them there waters - or worse...?
Fairly standard thriller from director Frederic Mermoud that tells a tale of obsession and potential revenge. Emmanuelle Devos scores here as a woman intently looking for the drivers of a vehicle that resulted in her son's death giving a tightly wound performance. Also registering are strong supporting turns from the ever reliable Nathalie Baye and D. Clavel. Scripting a touch generic resulting in middling results.
A déjà vu Chabrolian Thriller. Solid acting from Devos and Baye but this light "Que la bête meure" lacks a real originality. Too nice, too quiet, where is the negative energy ? You would like it a bit less swiss and all perfect and polite maybe. The very end is too corny, sorry.
A tense thriller with good performances from Devos and Baye - and visually impressive, too. However, there were a few too many set pieces (e.g. the third car she investigates, the third door she tries at the house, etc) to make it really stand out from the ordinary. Still quite an enjoyable film though.