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  • Summary: On the threshold of adulthood, 17-year-old Pierre becomes obsessed with his aunt Nadia. A flamboyant mathematician whose intellect clashes with her alcoholism and fatalistic view of life, Nadia is on a path to self-destruction. As Pierre discovers his budding sexuality, he attempts to rescueOn the threshold of adulthood, 17-year-old Pierre becomes obsessed with his aunt Nadia. A flamboyant mathematician whose intellect clashes with her alcoholism and fatalistic view of life, Nadia is on a path to self-destruction. As Pierre discovers his budding sexuality, he attempts to rescue his beloved aunt from herself. DOMAIN is a dark, sexy mediation on the intersection of two lives with very different trajectories. Featuring intelligent discourse and Hitchcockian references, filmmaker John Waters declared "you’ll be left breathless by the sheer elegance of this astonishing workout." (Strand Releasing) Expand

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 11, 2012
    91
    Imagine "Harold and Maude" directed by Eric Rohmer with shades of film noir and doused in philosophical chatter enhanced by ample white wine. But Domain isn't pure formula, because the subversion of expectations is its centerpiece.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Connolly
    Jan 9, 2012
    88
    The ultimate drama of Domain becomes how long he can be a witness to her self-destruction.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 10, 2012
    80
    When the action eventually switches to an Austrian rehab retreat, Dalle gets to make like the best of the Old Hollywood divas and waste away with devastating reserve - an icon quietly, crushingly crashing to earth.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jan 12, 2012
    80
    It's hard to say whether Patric Chiha's unabashedly out-there drama Domain is actually good or whether it simply nuzzles very cozily against the shoulder of so-bad-it's-good. After seeing the movie twice, I'm inclined to say Domain splits the difference.
  5. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Feb 2, 2012
    75
    Writer-director Patric Chiha directs the proceedings with incredible restraint, which works both for and against him. Yes, it allows the actors to shine with some subtle, quiet moments, and prevents things from going over the top, but somehow Aunt Nadine and restraint don't belong in the same sentence.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 12, 2012
    60
    Writer/director Patric Chiha brings a knowledgeable weariness to his feature debut, as his story heads toward an end that feels familiar in all the right ways.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 13, 2012
    25
    The French affection (affectation?) for conversational film reaches absurd proportions in the talkathon Domain.

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