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American writer Tom Ricks comes to Paris desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things don't go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into his life and things start looking up. Their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events... as if an obscure power was taking control of his life. Written by
It's rather difficult to say what The Woman In The Fifth is about. It's certainly not about the woman in the Fifth (arronidssement?), though she be played by the iconic Kristin Scott-Thomas.
It's more to do with the writer who loves or imagines her, played by Ethan Hawke (lots of critical reaction to his non-existent French accent - well, he's an American, so he's more likely not to have one. He also speaks rather good French, which isn't mutually inclusive). There are flashes of memory or impressions - flashes across, if you like - that suggest a sort of Don't Look Now tragedy either in the past, present or fictional limbo. There are glasses and the resistance to the operation that would discard them; a dodgy night job that uses CCTV and the threats that stop him from seeing what the camera sees.
And there are colours, the teal blue of his modern garret and the orange of his lovers' lamps. The red spectrum of his daughter's clothing and of his lovers (principally Scott-Thomas, but watch the dress change of the second woman). I also love the blissful, sunlight golden section of the film where the grey and rusty train tracks move across into the forest green.
The success of the film is in the magnetism between characters and their emotively elastic relationships. This is a European art house film of mainstream style, digressing from its genre thriller to create vortexes of emotional realism. It's a fine, engrossing film 7/10
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