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Noir et blanc (1986)

Antoine is an accountant, uptight and withdrawn, married to Edith, who picks out his clothes and shoes. He's assigned to a fitness gymnasium for a month to straighten out their books. The ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Francis Frappat ...
Antoine
Jacques Martial ...
Dominique
Joséphine Fresson ...
Edith
Claire Rigollier
Marc Berman ...
Roland
Benoît Régent
Catherine Belkhodja ...
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Arnaud Carbonnier
Christophe Galland
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Antoine is an accountant, uptight and withdrawn, married to Edith, who picks out his clothes and shoes. He's assigned to a fitness gymnasium for a month to straighten out their books. The owner, M. Roland, encourages Antoine to use the facilities, including the massages, so Antoine goes to Dominique, a muscular African. In these sessions, Antoine discovers that the pain is comforting, and Dominique finds the accountant ideal for his own sadism. When Dominique breaks Antoine's arm and then goes to the hospital to take Antoine away, Antoine confesses his fascination with and fear of death. With Dominique's help, the accountant breaks all earthly ties to confront his fear. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Story of Sinister Ritual and Silent Desire.

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19 November 1986 (France)  »

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A Fascinating Film
16 March 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

"Noir et Blanc," loosely based on a Tennessee Williams story, tells a strange tale. It has a dark atmosphere, which matches the emotional scenario which slowly unfolds. The best way to view this is not to know anything about it, which will provide for maximum interest and fascination. The relationship between the two main characters is extremely interesting; it could be perceived as gay, but it doesn't really qualify, for there is no sex per se between the two. What exactly is it? What does the film really mean? These are questions each viewer must answer for himself. The deliberate black and white photography, shot in a kind of washed out and over exposed imagery perfectly supports the moody tale itself. The film seems to have more levels to it than immediately meets the eye. Again, each viewer's response may be different, yet there is no doubt this film probes deeply into deep-seated passions and complex human relationships.


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