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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Moody and memorable, 27 March 2007
Author: Bryce David from Psychotronic land
EAUX PROFONDES, or Deep Water, is a French film based on a Patricia
Highsmith novel. I haven't read that book but I've read some of her
other novels and I can safely say that this film is the best version of
a Patricia Highsmith novel ever. It perfectly captures her tone and
style, unlike the recent crappy version of TALENTED MR RIPLEY.
Highsmith herself said she loved this movie.
The story is about this "odd" couple. The wife, played by the beautiful Isabelle Hupert, attracts men and brings them to her house, even in front of her husband, played by the not so beautiful Jean-Louis Trintignant. Those men eventually end up dead.
What's going with those two? Is Huppert taunting Trintignant's psychotic character? Is Huppert bringing those men for her husband to have "fun" with? Is Huppert the real psycho in this couple, knowing her husband will kill her lovers and she recklessly brings the clueless men to her house? The two are playing a deadly game with each other and men end up dead. The whole thing is never clear and that's why this film is so cool. The aura of mystery is near perfect. Because there's an aura of mystery with these two, the film becomes a pretty sharp and brilliant statement on couples in general.
It's sorta like Paul Verhoeven's THE FOURTH MAN, made 3 years after this, but without the usual violence and crudeness fond in Verhoeven's films.
EAUX PROFONDES is unlike any film I've seen. It's moody and atmospheric. The music is brilliant (arranged by Charles Dutoit) and the cinematography is beautiful. There's not much more to say. The film is as simple, or not as simple, as it sounds but personally speaking, Huppert and Trintignant make an unforgettable couple. I haven't seen it in a while and I wish they'd release it on DVD.
For fans of dark, brooding, sexy films with a "twist" look no further than EAUX PROFONDES.
5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Was Deville the right director here?, 22 June 2006
Deville was the perfect director for such light gallantries such as
"Benjamin"(1968).And what about Highsmith? Patricia Highsmith 's books
are deceptive:it is hard to adapt them badly for the screen while being
harder still to adapt them well.To my eyes ,one director has succeeded
:Alfred Hitchcock ("Strangers on a train" ),three have partially
succeeded (René Clément "Monsieur Ripley" (the talented M.Ripley)
Anthony Minghella (its remake) and Wim Wenders 's "Der Amerikanische
Freund " (Ripley's game) .Claude Chabrol was not so successful with
"cry of the owl".Claude Miller butchered the brilliant "that sweet
sickness" (="Dites lui que je l'aime") "Eaux profondes" is intense
psychological drama.The story of a man who is jealous and kills all his
wife's lovers.He warns them before .Trintignant,a good choice,tells
them so: "I kill them" in a smooth voice .He treats his wife like a big
doll,the scene is the bathroom is telling.
There was in Highsmith's book an atmosphere ,a terrible progression which led to madness:the film has a tendency to simplify too much and its main drawback is to be too short.
When she was interviewed when the movie was released,Highsmith told the journalists she had appreciated the movie.Make up your own mind about it.
4 out of 32 people found the following review useful:
Horrible, 27 July 2001
Author: readerjsp from NY
Somehow this film manages to be boring and disgusting at the same time.
music is particularly awful - faux baroque/jazz - and violin scratching
is supposed to be suspenseful but is just annoying. As is typical in
movies, it starts out well, with a very interesting premise, interesting
characters, good dialogue...and then nothing happens. Well, to be fair,
some things do happen, but there is never a sense of direction, of the
going somewhere, or of anything being resolved. I can't blame it all on
French though. It's based on a book by Patricia Highsmith and in her
signature style glorifies immorality and sexual/psychological perversity.
She also wrote "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Strangers on a Train."
Hitchcock was a master filmmaker, and while he kept the evil and the
pscyhopathy, he also had the skill to make "Strangers" into a film that is
scary and suspenseful, yet with an ending that doesn't repel.
This is like watching a cat and mouse game that you couldn't care less about. I'm sorry I wasted an hour and a half on this terrible movie.
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