While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.
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
An uninteresting family with an uninteresting problem
This movie is a misstep in the young director's career. It might be worth seeing just to see Dolan fall flat on his face with this pretentious, boring, meandering, nearly unwatchable "drama". I say it in quotes because every single moment of intensity is fabricated, there is no true drama in the movie, it's all just excuses so the characters can yell. Feels like Dolan sometimes asked his actors to improvise and forgot to cut out all the bad parts of their improv. All these close-ups are nauseating and completely useless. I don't feel close to these characters and filming them an inch away from their faces won't help it. It's a disappointing mess, and I can't believe Dolan considers it to be his best film. I'm truly afraid for The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which I was looking forward to. Hope he will straighten his path, because this is a truly bad movie and I don't understand how this got to a 7.2 (fake votes maybe?)
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