A very good movie. I liked how story despite of being simple manages to create that atmosphere of tension and also being able to present complex characters. The film has a beautiful score and a captivating cinematography. The performances are very good, especially Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas and Michelle Williams, who is undoubtedly one of the best actresses working today (3.5)
Honestly was looking forward to this but it was such a disappointment. Michelle Williams is awful (how??) and despite a surprisingly recognisable and talented cast the whole thing just feels so disjointed and empty. We never really get to know any of the characters.. everything is at an arms length and the voice over is beyond one dimensional. What a waste
There's no faulting the credentials; the film is beautifully shot, well acted, sensitive & moving. But it's a story that's been told so often that the thing seems over familiar. Plot-points could have been opened up & extended upon, but instead feel like obligations to convention; "beats" to be hit. At least it challenges the ethical complexities of its characters, not falling into the trap of black & white morality.
Strange feeling about the choice of Michelle Williams as the main female character. On one side, I find that she is not the actress most suited to embody Lucile Angellier (she's so little French) and on the other side I appreciated her way of expressing Lucile's intimate delicacy. The movie as a whole is laudable , I loved its perfect emotional balance and its refusal of melodramatic excesses.
This adaptation starts with a surprisingly visceral bombing raid sequence that fully justifies Michelle Williams' characters' misgivings. Schoenaerts is very good and once again chameleon-like in his performance, while Scott, Wilson and Williams give a trio of strong female performances. Mainlined a little of LE CORBEAU's furious paranoia. Williams also does a superb job of displaying repressed sexuality.