Looking For Hortense Review

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There's a frostiness between Parisian lecturer Damien (Bacri) and his theatre director wife Iva (Thomas). She's having an affair with an actor, and he's left torn when she asks for his help pulling strings to have a friend spared expulsion from the country.


Despite never quite concealing its climactic twist, this is an astute social satire that uses the break-up of a bourgeois marriage to assess France's position in an ever-changing world. Eloquently scripted and exceptionally played, this is chic, if self-consciously slick.

An elegant and well-acted piece of French drama.