A twist of fate leaves a hapless accountant (Benoît Poelvoorde) romantically torn between two sisters (Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni), in the new film from Festival veteran Benoît Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen).
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Jacquot is a well-behaved and too bourgeois version of a French film author, with great themes and actors to match it, and this film is no exception. In a territory where Truffaut triumphed - see "La Femme d'à Côté", for instance -, nothing happens than a correct and boring management of film grammar, trivializing in the way a good idea: a sick heart as an organic extension of a malaise d'amour.
This is both straight-up melodrama and melodrama in quotes. Jacquot makes this gamble work with well-chosen actors (Poelvoorde is meant to be both tragic and funny, come on!), assured overdramatic camera pans, and hilariously menacing music. Amour fou isn't healthy at all.
Quite entertaining, twisted in an elegant way. I like the way in which this kind of plots rely on a total lack of justification for the character's decisions which, perhaps, is also the base of its charm. Charlotte Gainsbourg in her Patti Smith disguise is so cute. A nice popcorn Sunday movie.
An interesting melodrama about relationships and family affairs spearheaded by an incredible performance once again by Charlotte Gainsbourg (though Benoit Poelvoorde, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve are certainly up to the challenge) undone by an uneven execution of tone and a score better fitted for a slasher thriller than a cerebral relationship exercise. Good but could have been much better.
There are some really famous actresses in this film (Catherine Deneuve and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni as well as Charlotte Gainsbourg) but I was not really moved. Maybe getting slightly bored with adulterous stories and people who can't make up their minds...