Every damn time they had some sort of momentum, they got interrupted. Frustrating as an audience member considering it happens more than once. Also I won't ruin the twist but that it also frustrating. A dumb trope that pulls all of the stakes and danger out of what was happening in the rest of the movie.
So long since I’ve seen Depardieu and it’s a pleasure to watch him and Polanski duel in the darkness amid so much water. With every drop a memory is revealed and the mystery uncovered. A dark play in a box from which there is no escape. I thought of Hitchcock and Nicholas Roeg and even Ridley Scott as I watched. As different from ‘Cinema Paradiso’ as one could imagine.
After 'The Tenant' Polanski again proves that he is not only an excellent director but an actor as well. Depardieu is Depardieu; unlikeable. This is a chamber play, a psychcological duel, a cat & mouse game about what is true or not; about fantasy & reality and the complicated nature of memory. Interesting. But there are hangovers in the middle section which makes it a bit boring & I am not so fond of Depardieu.
I just watched this movie the other night and I was very impressed. The ongoing rain, the dialogues, the actors (like Gérard Depardieu and of course Roman Polanski), the story itself - especially the end, that I really didn't expect - formed an amazing atmosphere. All this and above all the denouement of the story made this movie one of the best I've seen in a long time.
Sim, ontem eu revi "Uma Simples Formalidade" (sei que minha amiga Toddy Delahov adora). Uma obra-prima, de 1994, dirigida por Giuseppe Tornatore, e com as atuações vigorosas de Gérard Depardieau e Roman Polanski. O filme prende o espectador num fio de suspense; não te como não sentir um grande prazer conferindo essa obra. Simples, direto, bem finalizado. Perfeito!