Oozing sensuality, a young woman arrives in a small town and gets married to the local mechanic. Was it love at first sight? What links her enigmatic presence to the family's piano? Is it curiosity or is it something far more sinister?
The inspector Staniland as always try to put himself in the place of the victim, this time an unsuccessful pianist. That's when the victim's mistress Barbara entered the appartment, look ... See full summary »
When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a ... See full summary »
Antoine Doinel is now more than thirty. He divorces from Christine. He is a proofreader, and is in love with Sabine, a record seller. Colette, his teenager love, is now a lawyer. She buys ... See full summary »
The narrator, "Barjo" (nutcase, crap artist), is an obsessive simpleton, given to filling his notebook with verbatim dialog, observed trivia, and oddball speculation on human behavior and ... See full summary »
Beauvoir, lonely, aging private detective, is put on the bloody track of beautiful Catherine Leiris who kills and robs her rich husband(s) on their wedding night. Although he never ... See full summary »
Roque starts University in Buenos Aires but he is not particularly interested in attending classes or working towards a degree. Instead, he dedicates his time to one of the many groups ... See full summary »
Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive - even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead.
Her daughter Florence gives Mrs. Deville bull-terrier Baxter as a surprise present. Although she's afraid of him, she doesn't want to give him away because she feels lonely. But Baxter has his own ideas - he longs to be dominated, to be challenged - and so he isn't content with his boring life with the old lady. To get rid of her, he causes an accident. It works, and he's given to the neighbors, a young couple. He's happy... for a while. When they get a baby, he again takes action.Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
What's amazing on the site is that this movie retains a rather important following..for a French movie almost unknown in its native country.I wonder whether there is one single French comment among the -rather numerous- lot.Jerome Boivin made ,outside TV work, only one movie I haven't seen yet after "Baxter".And on the site,it has not got the same reputation,by a long shot.
It's really a shame M.Boivin could not pursue a career that was promising."Baxter" is imperfect ,not always convincing,particularly before the cherubic-boy-with-a-dark-side appears.But,and this is crucial,it is a demanding,harsh and unique work,completely different of what French directors usually do."Heavenly creatures" which featured Kate Winslet(not the Titanic side) comes to mind.
The whole story is told by the dog in voice-off:its monologue is strange indeed.The animal 's looking for a human(?) being who knows neither love nor fear.He fails with the old lady and the young couple(the scenes with the baby are impressive ,with echoes of Richard Matheson's short story "I monster" in the words of the dog.)Then THE boy appears:he's fascinated by Hitler and Eva Braun:we will never know why:it seems he found some old nazi papers in the garbage dump.But his family is totally harmless,the father(played by Jacques Spiesser,the only known actor of the cast:he was featured in JJ annaud's first effort "black and white and in colors"-"la victoire en chantant"-,an AA winner) is a bit listless but he seems to be a good man:it's apparently not the father figure this vicious son dreams of..When the dog and the boy meet,tragedy is round the corner.And don't expect a happy end :the boy's last thoughts will make your hair stand on end.
"Baxter" is definitely is a movie to remember.Not mommy's little boy then!
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