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At the age of 20, Martin leaves his home town and comes to Paris, where he fortunately becomes a model by chance. He meets Alice, his brother's friend, and falls in love with her. They start a passionate relationship, although Martin remains very mysterious about his past and the reasons why he left his family. But when Alice tells him she's pregnant, he is suddenly almost driven to madness, as his past comes back to his mind. Alice will now do anything she can to help him. Written by
French screenwriter and director André Téchiné's thirteenth feature film which he co-wrote with French screenwriter Gilles Taurand and French screenwriter and director Olivier Assayas, premiered at the 43rd Valladolid International Film Festival in 1998. It tells the story about 20-year-old Martin who disappeared without notice after his father passed away. Several weeks later he shows up at his half-brother Benjamin's apartment in Paris where he meets Benjamin's partner Alice who is a violinist. Alice invites Martin to stay with them, which he does, and everything works out fine between the three, but when Martin gets a job as a model he falls in love with Alice.
This fast-paced character-driven and dialog-driven psychological drama which was shot in France and Spain and produced by Alain Sarde, is a brilliantly directed romantic thriller by post-New Wave filmmaker André Téchiné with a shifting atmosphere, a parallel narrative that increases the pace and compelling milieu depictions which are emphasized by French cinematographer Caroline Champetier's notable cinematography. This plot-twisting French-Spanish co-production has a great score by French composer Philippe Sarde which features music from amongst others Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) and commendable acting performances by French actress Juliette Binoche, French actor, screenwriter and director Mathieu Amalric and French actor Alexis Loret. An intriguing mystery and an internal study of character from the late 1990s focusing on themes like coming-of-age, family relations, guilt, love and redemption.
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