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The Scoundrel's Wife (2002)

R | | Drama, Romance | 9 March 2002 (USA)
Already an outcast for crimes she did not commit, a woman struggling to raise her two children in a small village during World War II is suspected of being a saboteur.

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Already an outcast for crimes she did not commit, a woman struggling to raise her two children in a small village during World War II is suspected of being a saboteur.

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When war comes home, everybody is a suspect.

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Patchy but not bad
4 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Scoundrel's Wife did have potential to be much better than it was, the idea for the story was intriguing and there was some good talent(speaking as a fan of Tim Curry). It is certainly not a bad film, there are things to like and even the not-so-good things are not that disastrous, but at the end of the day it just felt lacking.

The scenery and locations are beautiful and there is a good amount of evocative period detail. The music is subtle and not intrusive and doesn't feel too sluggish or repetitive. There is evidence of some intelligent dialogue and scenes with heart, with a relatively sweet if brief moment between Tatum O'Neal and Julian Sands where she is amused by his dancing. And three performances are good, no bias is intended here but Tim Curry stood out here. He had the most interesting character, and he is amusing and charming but also appropriately subtle as Father Antoine without becoming eccentric or dull. Lacey Chabert brings much spirit and heart into her role and didn't seem too out of place too much, while Julian Sands is in refreshingly subdued mode and comes over as sympathetic and quietly dignified.

However, there are things that are less good. Most of the rest of the cast do come over as a little overwrought and Tatum O'Neal's performance felt too underplayed and lacking in emotion though with its moments. Glen Pitrie's direction is often so low-key that it felt like his heart wasn't properly in it, it's clear where the film is set and what the story is and effort is made in giving the film a nice bayou flavour(even if not always consistent) but there was overall a lack of intimacy and I never got really to know most of the characters. The Scoundrel's Wife is reasonably well shot and it's far from a bad-looking film, as seen in the previous paragraph, but there was at times too much of a TV film feel. The script and story have their moments, but the script does fall too often into melodramatic soap-opera that lacks flow and the story also has a good deal of melodramatic that is sometimes moving but too often ham-fisted, also feeling a little limp pace-wise. The ending to me seemed on the jumbled and far-fetched side.

In conclusion, not a bad film but a patchy one, partially recommended but not a must-see. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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