This film has received very mixed reviews. It is a slow-moving film that relies a lot on it's cinematography. The story seems to be quite simplistic. Ninety minutes of the film simply regard a troubled relationship between a young couple, Katia (Katerina Golubeva) and David (David Wissak). The sexual tension between them is all that really holds your interest in the film for these ninety minutes. There is then an immensely disturbing twist towards the end of the film, which I believe redeems the earlier ninety minutes and puts the tension between the two characters into perspective.
There are a number of beautifully composed shots throughout the film. One in particular, where Katia and David, both naked, climb onto a small rounded rock formation. After another passionate love-making session both fall asleep entangled within each other, with their white naked bodies glistening in the sun. The simple harmony between the flowing rock forms and the curvaceous figures of David and Katia really capture the essence of this human connection.
Dumont also uses sound cleverly, often to heighten the passion during many of the sex scenes. For example, there is one scene in which Katia and David make love in a swimming pool. The scene is shot from his perspective, as, like a tiger, he slowly and silently makes his way towards Katia. The sound of the scene, however, comes from Katia who is just gently rocking back and forth in the water with her back turned to David. This play with sound, questions are own perceptions within the scene, and creates an ambiguous curtain with regards to which one of them actually controls the relationship. Is silent and motionless Katia actually controlling David in this scene?
This is certainly one of those love or hate films. However, if you enjoy a film in which you have time to ponder over the questions that Dumont puts forward. Then this is a great film for you.