Having become the face of contemporary French cinema, Mathieu Amalric directed his second feature film in 2001. Jeanne Balibar, who was his partner at that time, plays a woman who travels to Trieste following the trail of a man of literature who never actually published a book.
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A rather opaque tale following a young woman's attempts to research the life of a deceased inhabitant of Trieste, a writer who wrote almost nothing.
Following her meetings with those who knew him, the film is rather over reliant upon its stylish melding of poeticism and signification but it does have some beguiling scenes and, at only just over an hour, ultimately proves more tantalising than tedious.