The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse... See full summary »
The pediatrician Alexandre Beck misses his beloved wife Margot Beck, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where the corpse of Margot was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail showing Margot older and alive. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I just returned from an overseas visit; this film is in wide and aggressive release in France. We saw it in Paris, and it was good enough to prompt us to discuss at length what did and did not happen (our French being only moderately up to the task of following the of-course-unsubtitled dialogue), and to try to figure out how all the plot details fit together. We found a copy of the novel at a book shop and one of us promptly read it cover to cover (in French). So that's what happened! Apparently the novel was a bestseller in the US in 2001, and there was interest in making a film here but it fell apart, possibly leaving the author angry (I see he does have another novel heading to the US screen). He's been in the French press a lot, and says he loves the way Canet changed the plot (subtly) and the ending (substantially) for the screen. I liked all of it except (I agree with the previous poster) the final scene. And I find it awful that it and so many other excellent European films never see the US big screen. Maybe this one will, who knows ... (or has - in New York? - and I am not aware).
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