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The Impasse of Desire (2010)

Impasse du désir (original title)
ROBERT BLOCK (50), a psychiatrist and analyst, discovers that his young wife CAROLE (30) is having an affair with a much younger man. Totally overwhelmed by the situation, his obsession ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Maurice Aufair ...
Felix Tabard
Céline Bolomey ...
Michel Cassagne ...
Monsieur Marcoussi
Dr. Robert Block
Léo Debond
Julie Nicolet ...
Claudia Ravussin
Carole Block
Bartek Sozanski ...
Yvette Théraulaz ...
Madame Philippo
Gregory B. Waldis ...
L'amant / the lover


ROBERT BLOCK (50), a psychiatrist and analyst, discovers that his young wife CAROLE (30) is having an affair with a much younger man. Totally overwhelmed by the situation, his obsession with it prevents him from concentrating on his patients until LEO DEBOND (40) appears on the scene. Leo is a depressive and psychotic bachelor who has never got over an unhappy love affair with an actress fifteen years previously. Secretly identifying himself with Leo, Robert listens to him with a mixture of compassion and disgust, and when Carole lets him know that she is going to leave him for good, Robert realizes that Leo will provide him with the perfect means of relieving his suffering. Written by Anonymous

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manipulation is the ultimate betrayal




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20 October 2010 (Switzerland)  »

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You won't soon forget it
12 August 2011 | by (Gatineau, Canada) – See all my reviews

It's a shame that this movie didn't get the attention it would have deserved. Michel Rodde delivers us a slow development of a gripping drama that turns into a psychological thriller.

The main actors coming from France and Quebec convince and get a great and detailed development throughout the movie after a somewhat mellow start. Especially Rémy Girard seems to get better every year and delivers the best job of his life in here. Laurent Lucas is a promising young French actor that I didn't know before and his performance inspires me to keep an eye on him and check out his other projects. But even the secondary characters are all detailed, profound and important for the development of the movie and there is not one single unnecessary scene if you analyze this movie after knowing its unusual ending.

The movie is filled with interesting relationships and connections. The movie has many subtle details that lead to a stunning twisted ending that leaves many questions open and makes us think, interpret and analyze a lot. The last thirty minutes or so are filled with many surprises and have a much faster vibe than the slow first two thirds of the movie which makes me think of many great psychological thrillers. Now for the story itself, this one is authentic and one can easy identify with the characters which is one of the strongest points of the movie that distinguishes this small masterpiece from other flicks of its genre.

In the end, I am happy to have stumbled over this flick. I thought I would get some solid entertainment and a mixture of a drama and a suspense movie but this film got me by surprise and after some doubts in the beginning I realized I discovered a great gem, a little masterpiece, a true treasure and I want to share my thoughts with the community and suggest any fan of surprising suspense movies and gripping dramas to check this underrated movie out at all costs. It's worth your time, patience and money and you won't soon forget this.

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