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The automation engineer Alain Getty and his beloved wife Bénédicte have just moved to the suburb of Bel-Air. Alain has developed the prototype of a flying web-cam for Pollock S.A., a high-tech company. After a successful presentation of his project to their clients, Alain invites his boss Richard Pollock and his wife Alice for dinner at his home. The couple arrives late, and Alice is extremely rude, insulting her husband and the young couple, and forcing Richard to leave the house earlier. During the night, Alain finds a rare Scandinavian lemming stuck in the siphon of the sink in the kitchen. On the next night, Alice unsuccessfully tries to seduce Alain after-hours in the laboratory of the company. On the next afternoon, she visits Bénédicte to apologize her behavior and cynically tells her sexual harassment to her husband. Then she locks herself in a room and commits suicide. On the next days, Bénédicte changes her behavior and relationship with Alain, seeming to be possessed by ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Essentially this is a classic Gallic 4-hander in which the chief protagonist is a man about to have his middle-class assumptions surreptitiously assaulted. The story surrounds the relationship between this man, Alain and his wife Benedicte and his boss & wife, Richard and Alice. The drama swings into action with the introduction of Alice, a preening but gaunt, almost ghostly figure. Charlotte Rampling has a considerable understanding of the machinations of on-screen sexuality: to this, active or passive she brings something I've seen little of before, an acrid hauteur, which starts the guessing even before the plot begins to twist about like a cat in a bag.
Despite Rampling's strident turn, the rest of the cast keep pace. Gainsborough is the perfect foil for Rampling's Alice, capable of ducking between breezy and blackened moods. I wanted a little more from Laurent Lucas in the principal PoV role - a little more emotional and neurotic pace. There are some nice twists but I'm not sure it works hard enough to bring the audience in. 6/10
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