A group of middle-class friends travel from Tehran to spend the weekend at the seaside. Sepideh invites Elly, who is her daughter's teacher, to travel with the three families in order to ... See full summary »
At 3, Julien Vannier has remained very childish. Why is that so? Maybe because at the early age of ten, he was told that his father was either his mother's first or second husband. Whatever... See full summary »
Some daring choices regarding cinematography and camera placement. A claustrophobic, insular world. The story left the audience (given only a vague sense of expectation) unfulfilled. The lead character Bruno (Laurent Lucas) failed to elicit empathy on the part of this viewer; insufficient supporting characters to add dimension to Bruno.
But perhaps this is the point: the obsessed has time only to sleep and to obsess. He is by definition one-dimensional; such is the world of the auditory voyeur.
I wanted to ask the director at the post-screening Q&A at Facets Cinematheque in Chicago if he had been influenced by Coppola's "The Conversation" and Kieslowski's "Red". The question of length has to be addressed in a tighter re-edit.
Co-written by Emmanuele Bernheim, who also wrote the similarly toned "Swimming Pool" (2003).
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