Exquisite. Georges Simenon's novel is given a modern spin by screenwriters Stephanie Cleau and director Mathieu Almaric with this exceptionally crafted and plotted script. Information is given minutely as the tightly plotted and succinctly timed script is revealed to perfection. Performances are very good especially Almaric and judge Laurent Poitrenaux. Near Hitchcockian in its execution.
(Vu sur Arte) Un récit chronologiquement déstructuré est plus souvent le cache-misère d'un script paresseux qu'un choix esthétique percutant. Ici, Amalric parvient à générer de la confusion avec une plotline qui tiendrait pourtant sur un timbre-poste! Et ses essais pour introduire du doute et de l'ambiguïté vis-à-vis de ses personnages sont d'une maladresse folle! Au moins, le calvaire s'achève rapidement (70 min~).
Interesting film. Amalric always delivers a great central performance and the inter-locking narrative was directed with flair - some great montage sequences and loved the Bergmann style soundtrack. Ultimately left me slightly cold by the end for some reason. I didn't find his situation emotionally affecting.
Testament to the extraordinary talent of Mathieu Amalric, who is highly capable both as a director and an actor. The simplicity and straight-forwardness of the plot function well as they are complimented by strong performances and good cinematography. A thriller of a more humble kind - more likely to give insight of human emotions than offer a compelling plot.
Impressive delivery of the angst and the sentiment of imprisonment of the character through the image. Eminently watcheable too if difficult to take in completely in parts. The legal scene, with its confused style reflecting the state of the main character, is good if probably quite a bad representation of justice.
I liked the 'Memento' style jumping around in time to reveal what (may have) happened, but for those of us used to US and UK crime dramas, there was not enough revelation or plot twist, and therefore was somewhat unsatisfying. This structure may be more suitable for French tastes? The characters were all very cold and unloveable, so its hard to care what happens to them. However, I do think this is worth watching.