Be aware that there are some disturbing scenes in this movie. In hoping that movies like this will help raise consciousness and help prevent other tragedies like that one.
In the movie, you follow the last days of her life and a recollection of some of her memories that she writes in some letters. It's in the form of a puzzle, where the screenplay reveals bits and pieces of her life and her illness, in a non-linear fashion. It doesn't even give me an incentive to read her work since the few lines we ear of it seams really bland. As is the movie. I must say that the main actress is good, I'd like to see her in other movies to make up my mind on her talent. The 19th century is also well recreated, which helps just a bit. But forget the rest, it's not just the main character who has a deadly sickness, it's the whole movie.
The plot? Well, one of the worst and most full of wholes I've ever seen. You can see everything coming from miles away! I'm looking for something that stands up just a little storywise and this doesn't even cut it. Acting? It's OK, nothing really special. Action and special effects? Pretty good, it's the part that saves the movie from complete nonsense. And it's running way too long. Not enough tension in the film to keep us going. You can't just throw in the usual action theme music and think it's going to keep us going. There's even the traditional "high speed car chase with the girl/guy hanging on the truck's open back door which must be saved by good guy while the bad guys shoot at them"! Come on, be a little more creative!
And, not to get into a political debate, this is a great American propaganda film, just right for these times as another reviewer said : influenceable Americans will go to this film and come out being so proud of their history and forefathers. It's so obvious. And the phrase read from the Constitution by Cage about doing the right thing even if it seems wrong in the eyes of others? What a great way to validate the Irak war! And you ask why there is resentment towards the USA. Oh please...
I give it 5,0/10
This may not be a movie that Americans will quite get into since the type of humor and cultural background is very French in deed (and it does point out the absurdity of a lot of things we do here in North America as well as in Europe). It is highly commendable for the social comments it passes (just check out the scene where Vincent Lindon accidentally scratches someone else's car's rear view mirror or when the baby doesn't exist since it doesn't have papers). The movie as a lyrical feel to it and gives us hope. We just have to listen a bit closely. I give it a solid 7,5/10