Patrice Leconte's last film before this (L'Homme Du Train [DVD] [2003
]) was a real classic, so when I saw he'd done one with Sandrine Bonnaire I was interested - as she's becoming one of my favourite actresses - plus the plot sounded really good, a woman showing up to a tax lawyer's office and telling him her deepest problems with her husband seems a good idea, but really this film doesn't really have that juice that L'Homme Du Train had.
Sandrine is excellent in this as Anne, a shy woman who's not really that comfortable talking about her life with husband Marc - she isn't really that wise either, and doesn't realise she has made a mistake until later. On the other hand, William, a tax lawyer seems a bit of a loner, and lives in his parent's office house, which he still employs the secretary his dad did. He seems to enjoy tax forms and helping people twist the system for what they can get, but he's not an unlike-able person, in fact; he's quite pleasant to her.
This film is slow, but so was L'Homme Du Train, and I don't dislike that at all, it's just the way the plot doesn't really go anywhere, we just see it how it is, rather than the changes. It's also rather uni set too, you only ever get to see his office and not much else, but I do like the premise of the story and it's conclusion, which makes this worth a look.
The DVD isn't exceptional but does give you a good picture and sound. The disk is really bare and has forced in subtitles in English which annoys me, it's not too hard to make them toggle, so why they didn't do that is beyond me. Otherwise this is acceptable, I bet the French version is much superior.
Take a look, it's worth the 1hr 40 it runs.