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A good French romantic comedy with an easy go. It is a story of a
middle aged woman Isabelle, a divorcée who seeks a meaningful love with
a spicy intimate relationship. She meets and have short relationships
with couple of men but ended up only with illusion. Isabelle is just a
woman like any other, who needs love care and sex in a normal manner.
But the men she meets with quite different personas are huge mismatches
to her love expectations and desires. Juliette Binoche is the
centerfold of this movie, taking command of her character Isabelle
rendering great stamina to the character. There is no doubt about
Binoche's awesome acting talents and beauty and she keeps her legend in
the movie by giving a very vibrant intensity to Isabelle's character.
She laughs, she cries, she suffers, she daydreams, she's angry, she
fights - all these moments are exceptionally portrayed by Binoche like
a fish swimming in the water. All men portrayed are skilled actors and
have done justice to their characters.
Director Claire Denis does a great job. She coordinates a great
screenplay with great acting and editing. She manages the opening sex
scene very well in which high intimacy running wild between the couple
but something is seriously missing kind of idea successfully
transmitted to the audience. Denis uses close up techniques quite
successfully, particularly of Isabelle's facial reflections, to display
the complexity of her character. Music is appropriate and suits most of
the scenes. The balance between the close-up shots with wide angles
speaks a lot about a good cinematographer.
My only complaint is about the end scene where Isabelle meets the
fortune teller and when he starts a pretty boring 10-15 minutes
'analysis' about her love life and the men she have had affairs with.
Total waste of time and his monotonous boring voice kills half of the
good mood you acquired since the beginning of the movie. Denis should
have left that analysis be done by the audience, on their own way
rather than narrated through a dull character.
A good one, as often as we get from the French side of the world.
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