I enjoy a good non-linear story, and I enjoy thought-provoking films, but golly gee, this simply does not work. Editing is not just brusque but bizarre. The story moves in massive jerks without expressing much. It could have been a statement on trenchant issues but ends up being more like visual masturbation. Sorry. Pass.
This is a gorgeous and seductive piece of filmmaking; a real 3-course meal. The scenes are lush and ripe, the characters are mysterious and interesting--the relationships have multiple layers. A very satisfying film with undertones, overtones and some very interesting social and personal statements.
Just...well not horrible. For the most part the story is flat and un-involving. Nothing that hasn't been done before. The only reason I continued to watch was Catherine Deneuve - she might as well have been in another film. The film that I watched when she wasn't around...wasn't good.
Deneuve chain-smokes and takes sleeping pills. This is a French film! We didn't reinvent the wheel since Godard...
I don't remember much about the real story, except that in the media the girl wasn't described as naïve as she is on the film. Jeanne is incredibly gullible. The wrestler raises 30 red flags, but she goes for it. The story of her mom and the lawyer is way over the top.