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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Romain Duris
Marina Foïs
Niels Arestrup
Catherine Deneuve.
Directors
Eric Lartigau.
Screenwriters
Laurent de Bartillat
Eric Lartigau.
Running Time
115 minutes

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Plot
When a successful Parisian lawyer kills his wife's lover his life takes an unexpected turn... for the better.


Review
The Big Picture
Eric Lartigau never quite solves the plot’s plausibility problems in moving Douglas Kennedy’s American novel to Europe. But such is the intensity of Romain Duris’ performance as a Parisian lawyer hiding out in a Montenegrin backwater after accidentally killing the lover of estranged wife Marina Foïs that it’s easy to suspend disbelief, as his carefully laid plans threaten to unravel following unexpected success as a photographer. The supporting cast is impeccable, but Duris dominates as the Ripley-esque anti-hero looking to start anew without betraying his past or succumbing to the self-loathing that alienated Foïs and cost him his kids. Lartigau ably conveys the agony of regret, but also compellingly explores the stress of maintaining the façade of a new identity in the face of internet omniscience.


Verdict
A few plot holes hold back what is otherwise a well cast and compelling picture.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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