Directed by Francois Ozon
Starring Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Jean-Marie Lamour, Marc Fayolle, Charles Dance
Once again, Francois Ozon has let me down. As promised by the trailers, this movie is indeed a sort of sexy murder mystery. And it has two very good things: an excellent performance by Charlotte Rampling, and the mostly naked Ludivine Sagnier. But then by the end, after some watered-down psychological conflict, all we have is yet another “it was all in his/her mind” story in which little of the on-screen movie actually happened. And by now, for that to be a movie’s whole purpose, just isn’t enough.
The arc of this movie is: Successful writer is unhappy. She vacations in France. She daydreams about a sexy young woman and a murder. She regains her confidence and comes home again. The end. And while it was fun while it was happening, that’s about it.
Nonetheless, I overall like this movie, especially for the performances and the nakedness.