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  1. Gabrielle
    Jun 12, 2004
    8
    Competently rendered performances from Béart and her younger co-stars make France's second WWII-era film of the season (after Rappeneau's equally effective "Bon voyage") a winner. Téchiné captures just the right amount of emotional truth without succumbing to the heavy-handed politicizing that often befalls films of this genre.
  2. JackF.
    Aug 19, 2004
    8
    Since it premiered at Cannes last year "Strayed" has been charged with being too classic and academic by many critics but I think it is deceptively so. A sometimes very subtle editing and the very effective use of brief moments in slow motion betray that classicism that, yes, when all is said and done saps the movie's potential to be a greater film, but there's much more to it Since it premiered at Cannes last year "Strayed" has been charged with being too classic and academic by many critics but I think it is deceptively so. A sometimes very subtle editing and the very effective use of brief moments in slow motion betray that classicism that, yes, when all is said and done saps the movie's potential to be a greater film, but there's much more to it than at first meets the eye. I don't always agree with Roger Ebert but I think this time he got it right: Strayed is a movie about those who can afford middle-class values and those who can't. But I think it is not simply a love story or a period movie, it's definitely a war movie, the plot can only take place during wartime: someone like Yvan can only aspire to be a family bread-winner when the rule of law and order is torn to shreds and it's the war that has made Odile into a very coveted widow. The fact that Yvan's character is accompanied by a pervading sense of danger and mystery is one of the strengths of the movie. The suspense it builds is psychological as much as it is related to class. We, like Odile, and perhaps like her, equally selfish and terrified by our own misery, only get to really Know Yvan at the very ending, that's when the character's missing element is revealed, when Yvan is complete. I'll keep reading Ebert, from time to time this old man can be truly insightful. Collapse
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70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Téchiné gets deep inside the dread and exhilaration of people who have lost their bearings so suddenly they don't even have the luxury of grief.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    Elegant and understated.
  3. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    90
    A taut, suspenseful, linear approach, and a trio of excellent performances.