Judith, separated from her husband and working as a translator for UNESCO, is given a job of studying a writer who died in an accident. Seemingly routine, she finds he was on the trail of a network smuggling Nazis to Europe from Latin America.
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Spectacular and very literate direction by De Gregorio, it reminded me of late Kubrick at times, if he were working on a modest budget of course. I found it a very stimulating viewing for its eclectic narration, it's adroit mixture of past and present, and Jacques Rivette (!!) in his only supporting role, which of course plays to perfection alongside the lovely and always awesome Hermine Karagheuz.
2.5 Make that telegraphing piano music stop! Found the dialogue between Julie and Barila frustratingly slow and unnecessarily cryptic. The script wants to be "Notorious," but really, there's no tension or high stakes. Barila and Julie are interesting characters who deserved a better plotline. Yet another film trying to assuage the collective guilt of the French population for being complicit with the Germans.
This was just not for me.
It tries to be a political thriller involving spies, nazis, foreign intrigue... but it does so at such a slow pace and low level of interest. I felt very detached from the film the entire time.
However... the drop-dead gorgeous Nathalie Baye makes almost anything worth watching. She is quite good throughout this ho-hum of a "thriller."
This movie storyline is hard to keep up with it doesn't have a true motif except finding what happened to a man who was killed. It didn't do a good job of truly explaining why he was killed. The cinematography was good it had different angles and shots that protected the city in a different way. The movie had some vibrant colors but I wish it would have used more to spice up the film a little more.
This film had me on my toes it was heart wrenching and I enjoyed the film but it creeped me out a little bit .What haunted me most, though, was the morally compromising nature of our "heroes", who are really fighting to avenge people just as bad as those who killed them. These characters were ordinary, everyday, people. That is far scarier.
I hope this double feature of Eduardo De Gregorio means these movies are getting a US DVD release, because it's about fucking time. He should rank among the greatest greats. His and Rivette's joining forces after the latter's completion of Out 1 was a divine intervention in the history of cinema, an affinity made in heaven. (And thank you Nathalie Baye, for being Nathalie Baye.)