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Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Wrenching and effective despite some film-making miscues.
I caught it at the IFC theater in the spring. I liked it a lot and of the problems I had with it, they were minor stylistic choices mostly to do with the music (I thought it intruded on a few of the scenes). As with all Kieslowski scripts, L'ENFER is very smart and uncompromising yet not sterile; in fact, it is a very humanist work.
It never hurts to have beautiful French women in beautiful Paris, either. Emmanuelle Beart is one of those typical fantasy French sexpots all men drool over but with plenty of acting chops to go along with her stunning good looks. However, I don't really like Nathalie Baye and she had the toughest dialogue to sell, so the fact that I wasn't completely out of the picture at that point must mean she deserves some credit.
Tanovic is a little too showy a director sometimes but he captures a lot of the details very well: the husband lowering Beart to the floor, Beart hitting her head on the dresser, the mother's handwriting & bitter eyes, etc.
Glad they kept this trilogy alive. I hope we get too see "Purgatory".
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