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At the age of 20, Martin leaves his home town and comes to Paris, where he fortunately becomes a model by chance. He meets Alice, his brother's friend, and falls in love with her. They start a passionate relationship, although Martin remains very mysterious about his past and the reasons why he left his family. But when Alice tells him she's pregnant, he is suddenly almost driven to madness, as his past comes back to his mind. Alice will now do anything she can to help him.Written by
ah its not bad. There's a moment in every French film, where you suddenly think - but how can they afford all this. Thankfully, it does not come till half way through in this one, when Martin has spent up his modelling money and is going mad on a Spanish beach.
Luckily the best part is come at this stage, as Alice struggles to unravel Martin's messy past. The family especially Carmen Maura as the mum are excellent. You get a real feel for the bitterness and intimacy that a big family filled with secrets and lies generates.
You will have a bad time if you don't like Juliette Binoche though. The camera lingers on her in every shot. She is a good actress, but nowhere near as pretty as Techine (and many others) think.
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