|New Zulaski film starring his long-time
partner Sophie Marceau. Opened in France in April, Poland
in August. I haven't seen it, so just info from me, no
|This is the BBC review: (www.bbc.co.uk)
No doubt "La
Fidélité" will have its admirers (the entire
population of Hampstead) simply because it is French and
serious and beautifully shot. For some this heady
cocktail is the very definition of cinema. However,
proving that it is possible to dig deep into character,
yet remain one-dimensional, "La Fidélité" is
a joyless, miserable little film limited by repetitive
situations (ie it's much too long) yet lifted by
Marceau's breasts and buttocks are seen, as we
have come to expect. Other women appear topless
at various times.
|Taking his cue from "La Princesse de
Clèves", France's first serious historical novel,
director Andrzej Zulawski boots it into the modern world
and filters this story of fidelity versus desire through
an ever-earnest - and very modish - photographer (Sophie
Marceau) who is hired by a sleaze-merchant to add class
to one of his scandal-sheets. She falls for the charming
gaucheness of an editor (Pascal Greggory) but becomes
hooked on a blunt, loutish photographer who looks
unnervingly like a perfectly-realised mix of Liam and
Noel Gallagher. Perhaps Oasis once had a third sulky
brother who had a spat with the other two and went off to
live in Paris.
Zulawski wrote "La Fidélité"
for Sophie Marceau (his partner these last fifteen
years), and if a director proves his love by letting his
lady hog the screen then Zulawski has passion aplenty.
|No DVD or video currently
who never turns in a bad performance, takes to the
complexity of a young woman who is poised on the surface
yet crumbling within, even if the actress is required to
illustrate the same points ad nauseam. And Pascal
Greggory expresses his character's inadequacy as strongly
as Marceau. A bit of a French so what.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 6.6, but this score is based
upon only 20 votes.
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