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  1. Apr 23, 2012
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Partir (Leaving) is a very powerful and wonderfully crafted French film. I found it immediately interesting that within the first few minutes of the film we are thrown into a web of suspense as a rifle is shot in the middle of the night. I was enthralled by the immediate tension that was created and was on the edge of my seat for the remainder of the movie. I have always enjoyed movies that begin with the ending, which is why I found this movie to be so exciting. The film is directed by Catherine Corsini. Corsini is a French film director and screenwriter, directing 15 films since 1982. A particular film that she directed, La répétition, was entered in the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. One idea in the film that I found intriguing was the lengths a person will go to for happiness or love. A great example of this was at the end of the film when Suzanne shoots her husband with the rifle and flees from their home to be with her lover, Ivan. Suzanne is willing to give up her children and her life by murdering her husband rather than spend another minute with him. All she seems concerned about is being with Ivan and living her life happily by his side, sacrificing everything along the way. A second idea that I found captivating was the dynamics of marriage and responsibilities to the family. Suzanne seems to give up most of her responsibilities when she begins having her affair with Ivan. A prime example of this is when Suzanne and her husbandâ Expand
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56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 13, 2011
    50
    The only reason to see Leaving - and it's not a bad reason at all - is for the sight of Kristin Scott Thomas in a rare happy mood.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 17, 2010
    75
    In the infidelity drama Leaving, British reserve gets overtaken by French passion, and the subsequent events have the horrific momentum of a slow-motion car crash.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 28, 2010
    75
    There have been many adultery movies over the years, but Leaving has some aspects that make it different and interesting.