Un film controversé déjà avant sa sortie en salles. Après l'étonnant succès de "Diva", il se démarque agréablement des clichés habituels du genre, et, malgré un partage tranché des critiques, dénote un incontestable et sérieux travail d'auteur... www.cinefiches.com
I remember watching this film a bunch of times in college. My flatmates and I were huge Depardieu fans specifically and fans of euro movies in general. I am only posting this because of the warm glow of nostalgia that is washing over me right now. Sorry! Anyway, it's worth seeing.
A noirish tale set on the fringe of life. Where our protagonist strives to achieve two impossible things; finding his sister's killer and escaping the gutter, slipping into fantasy. From the score to the production design to the gonzo acting, I felt utterly enchanted and yet, a sense of looming despair within each frame. Definitely not exactly what I was expecting, compared to Betty Blue.
The style and cinematography of this film is absolutely amazing! Feels like Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett had a fever dream in France! Loved the noir story line but it coulda been bout 20 minutes shorter. I feel like the middle kinda lost its steam at lines. But overall I must admit that this was one damn fine movie.
The grittier, more competent albeit likewise grandiose French sister to Coppola's "One From the Heart" (you have to admit the similarity between Kinski's roles in those films, as well as the extravagance in the productions and the themes of longing for something more than where you're at).
Any examination of the crime that begins the film is not important; it's the emotional repercussions of the murder that Beineix is most concerned with. The literal decay of this character's psyche, as his obsession with revenge destroys any chance of escape, for himself and for those closest to him, is mirrored by the decay of this small harbour town, full of violent drunkards, menacing sailors and grotesque whores.