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While the movie is supposed to be set in 1996, which is confirmed by the clothes, the music and the lack of smartphones, the French spoken in the film is very much 2010s, with many anglicisms or other recent verbal tics heard throughout the movie. This is due to the improvised dialogue from the cast working off of a five-page script. See more »
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Noé concentrates all his author traits, but incorporates enough novel elements to leave us satisfied. Once you start the plot you can not stop looking. We're trapped.
The film seduces us with its rhythms and its daring staging through the corporal expression of the actors-dancers. Beautiful and brutal.
Technically and artistically it is splendid, it borders on perfection, but, the argument does not go that far. Presents a choral cast and then focus on a single character. We know the motivations and fears of the characters through a brief interview at the beginning of the film and through the psychotropic trip. This leaves us with a film that is more empty than it seems.
When he talks about human drama, the plot is great, however, when he leaves this drama, the film falls apart. The last 45 minutes are long, slow and obtuse.
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