Laetitia Casta, Benoit Magimel, Matteo Tardito, Philippe Frecon & Laurence Haziza
Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
The DTS track presented here is of a rather higher spec than this straightforward gritty film needs. The plain soundtrack comes across equally well in any of the overabundant three soundtracks included here.
Optional English subtitles are included in white font, are translated well and read clearly.
Original theatrical trailer
Tartan trailer reel
1 hour and 35 minutes
With this unsparing depiction of a couple in turmoil, Odoul proves himself once more to be one of the leading French filmmakers of his generation. Set in three different places and times, from 1968 to 1973, and casting model-turned-actress Laetitia Casta as the embatted wife of an alcoholic philanderer, this chamber-piece has all the intensity, the unsettling power of his previous films. Indeed, this is at times a discomfitingly truthful study of two people whose love cannot stop them from tearing each other apart...
As with his last film, the startling coming-of-age Le Souffle, Odoul seems fascinated and appalled by troubled, brutish men, and the supporting characters come and go with minimal explanation. That the director gives himself the cameo role of an avenging gunman in a tale loosely based on autobiographical events, provides an Oedipal charge to this deeply anguished film..