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In a town near Lille, melancholy police superintendent Pharaon De Winter lives with his mother. An 11-year-old girl has been raped and murdered. Over the next week, De Winter investigates and grieves, his face nearly expressionless. He bikes, he gardens. He accompanies his neighbors, Joseph and Domino, to dinner and to the seaside; he even observes them in vigorous if not rough coitus. For Domino, sex seems her way of connecting. Does she fancy Pharaon? A plowed field, the sea, Pharaon's flowers, the pudenda of Domino and of the ravaged girl - this mix of images of beauty, evil, and possibility assaults Pharaon as he tries to do his job and hold on to his humanity.Written by
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Thank God for non-Hollywood movies but this is one of the most pretentious, boring movies I have seen in many decades. The acting is, in fact, truly wonderful, notably the poker face of Pharaon who could be a masked actor in an ancient Greek play. How he and the other main characters kept from breaking out into laughter I don't know. The clownish and totally inept police force and its non-investigation of the murder (no explanation at all of how they solved it) provides a nice comic relief to the serio-pathetic protagonists as they try to bear up under it all -- it's all just too much -- how can we take another day of it -- LIFE -- or is it just being human -- is more than we poor humans can bear. Crap! I can just hear Pauline Kael's review..."I lost it (faith in movies) at this movie."
Sorry but it was just too much pseudo-artistic overly-understated heavy meaning for this human movie fan.
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