Onoff is a famous writer who hasn’t published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, out of breath and running madly, without clear memory of recent events, the Inspector is suspicious.
Giuseppe Tornatore, most famous for his nostalgic masterpiece Cinema Paradiso, shows another side of his cinema with this deft and claustrophobic procedural thriller. Two legends of the art form, Gerard Depardieu & Roman Polanski, go head to head in a frantic yet sublime game of cat and mouse.
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!
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.