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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb acting in complex mid life crisis drama., 12 Jan 2006
This review is from: Red Lights [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
Darroussin is totally committed to the extremely difficult role of Antoine, in the midst of a suppressed mid life crisis that erupts out of control as he and his wife Helene (Bouquet) drive to the south of France to collect their children from a holiday camp.
Darroussin is on screen for virtually the entire movie, and for over half the film Antoine’s problems are unspoken and have to be acted more or less silently, by superb acting Darroussin achieves this as far as is possible, but there is no doubt it is a scenario that cannot fully succeed as a film, it requires the printed page to delve right inside of the characters mind. However in the second half there is a number of twists and dramatic turns building up tension to a conclusion that I found a little unconvincing, a resolution that what would have happened over a period of months, not immediately as written.
The photography is beautifully clean and sharp, and using Debussy’s “Nuage” as background music was an inspiration.
The DVD contains very long interviews with both Darroussin and Bouquet, both of whom are incredibly articulate and intelligent actors, these interviews are a highlight in themselves.
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