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A Parting Shot (2007)

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A rebellious teenager and a "border-line" young nurse will learn to tame each other and get a fresh start in life.

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Marco
Yves Verhoeven ...
Miguel, le père de Marco / Marco's father
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Rita
Maxime Kathari ...
Jérémy
Sylvie Huguel ...
L'infirmière rousse
Philippe Vuilleumier ...
Le père de Fred
Christian Sinniger ...
L'ami du père
Caryl Minder ...
Garçon tir
Romina Tahami ...
La fille de Rita
Estelle Bealem ...
Renate
Bernard Nissile ...
Le Blessé Ivre
Christophe Sermet ...
André
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A rebellious teenager and a "border-line" young nurse will learn to tame each other and get a fresh start in life.

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Do you feel like hitting anybody today?
24 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Frederique is a sexy, bolshy and slightly dangerous young woman. I am annoyed with myself that I find her slightly attractive. There is a simmering sexuality. As if her hormones are on adrenalin. As if her desire, whatever it is, will brook no obstacle. As if it rules her life. Not the sort of woman to get involved with if you can help it, I think. It's like she has a permanently bad case of PMT.

She's a nurse. Planning to pack it all in a week from now. A patient has just died. Bl**dy nuisance. But I start to suspect that Frederique's aggressive exterior conceals a lot of emotional turbulence. Maybe pain. But not that she's likely to let anyone know. She believes in the tough exterior she's created for herself.

Frederique tries to relax after work. She's an expert shot with a rifle. Nice hobby. Carelessly leaves her gun on the back seat of a car sometimes though. She has an emotionally unsatisfying confrontation with her ex. Goes to a bar and gets p*ssed. Gets off with two men. Yes, both of them.

Now comes the bad bit. No, nothing to do with those two d*ckheads she's just bedded. They haven't even begun to slake the anger that's boiling over inside her for no particular reason. Out in the woods a couple of schoolchildren, early teens, are taunting each other. Why is Frederique there? We don't know yet, but she can't take her eyes off these boys. One of them has a catapult. He shoots a bird. Then he shoots his friend. Then Frederique shoots him.

Parting Shot is about dealing with anger, about finding epiphany, about forgiving others - and oneself. Frederique lies to the police and isn't discovered. But (possibly worse) the boy, his knee badly injured from the rifle shot, is in her ward. Her attempts to get him transferred fail. Slowly, the two of them form a strange bond. In helping him to deal with his pre-teen angst she is able to face her own anger, as well as the shock and self-reproach she suffers: the results of her unpremiditated action are sinking in.

Hospitalised and eventually opening up, when our catapult-wielding lad says he only wanted to hurt his pal "at the time", something clicks inside Frederique. But then he begins to suspect her.

The main problem with Parting Shot is believing in the character of Frederique. She hides many complex contradictions. Passionate but emotionally detached. Surface normal but deeply troubled. Is her isolation the result of modern day pressures we all feel to a degree? Once we can accept her, Parting Shot becomes a fascinating meditative study for anyone that has ever felt themselves in the grip of uncontrollable passion, rage, frustration. Or simply wanting to vent one's anger against the universe for no particular reason.

(Note to IMDb - it would be helpful to know what words you consider 'prohibited' - otherwise one has to make random guesses and just splatter a review like this with asterisks)


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