In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.
After 12 years of absence, Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a writer, goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people's incapacity to listen and love. Written by
Drop it, mom. Jeez!
Our aerobics song. I'm obsessed, it's a real find.
Everybody found it, mom.
Translation said it's about Picasso being in love, or Picasso... anyway it wasn't clear.
[they both start dancing to O-Zone - Dragostea Din Tei]
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having been immensely impressed with Xavier Dolans's previous works, I took it for granted that I would like this movie. Never would have expected such an immense disappointment. At some point I was even wondering if someone had got it wrong and this wasn't his movie. Essentially: if you read the one-sentence sum up, you know the movie and there is nothing else to be learned or explored. In fact, without knowing the sum-up, I wouldn't even have known what's going on in this movie. The movie switches between random explosions of aggressiveness that don't make a lot of sense and endless "feels like 2 minutes" close-ups where the only movement is the blink of the actor's eye, all that accompanies by music that seems completely out of context. I hope Mr Dolan gets back on track to his previous brilliance with future works.
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