- 1h 40m
A playwright encounters a mysterious woman when he takes shelter in a chalet during a violent snowstorm.A playwright encounters a mysterious woman when he takes shelter in a chalet during a violent snowstorm.A playwright encounters a mysterious woman when he takes shelter in a chalet during a violent snowstorm.
The two main characters in 'Eva' lead a double life. Bertrand (Gaspard Ulliel) is an impostor writer who has earned an ephemeral glory by stealing the manuscript of an old playwright and who enters a crisis when his publisher is demanding a new literary creation. Eva (Isabelle Huppert) is a luxury prostitute who practices her profession in order to raise the money needed to release from prison the husband described to customers as 'traveling'. Bertrand and Eva meet as fake selves and start a relationship triggered by the curiosity of the man who sees in the woman the character of the future book or play that may save his career. They are separated by the age difference and especially by the layers of lies that surround them. However, their approaching is dangerous, especially for the man. Relationships based on lies must be kept at a strictly functional level. When Bertrand tries to break aside appearances he will endanger himself and those around him.
I liked the way this story is written. The games played between imaginary and real, between imposture and emotion, as well as the issue of age difference are approached with subtlety. Of course, not everything is explained and clarified, but the same thing happens in life, especially in relationships between people who have many things to hide. Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel are here together again on screen, ten years after they had been mother and son in 'The Sea Wall', and their performances excellently describe the ambiguity, tension and shadows of the relationship between them. The narration has tension and rhythm. Without being a masterpiece, the film is in my opinion a more than acceptable psychological thriller. It's hard for me to understand why the film was rejected by many critics and a large part of the audience who watched the film. It is possible that it all started with the wrong decision of the producers and distributors who sent 'Eva' in competition to Berlin, a festival known for the preferences of juries for films with a social message and coming from off-mainstream cinema schools. In my opinion, however, 'Eva' deserves a much better fate than the current IMDB rating indicates. Maybe the future will be more generous with this film.
- Apr 19, 2021