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Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics What's this?

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  • Summary: A man and a woman, secretly in love, alone in a room. They desire each other, want each other, and even bite each other. In the afterglow, they share a few sweet nothings. At least the man seemed to believe they were nothing. Now under investigation by the police and the courts, Julien fails to find the words. “Life is different when one lives it and peels it off afterwards”. What happened? What is he accused of? Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Boyd Van Hoeij
    May 26, 2014
    In telling his story, Amalric is greatly aided by his ace cinematographer, Christophe Beaucarne, whose images pick up on a great many tiny but telling details, as if life were a mosaic composed of an almost infinite number of parts that are all equally important for the bigger picture.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    May 26, 2014
    Everything’s told in shards, and Amalric does very well to create a sense of emotional continuum amid all the procedural detail. His own performance is fantastic, jittery and dishevelled.
  3. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    May 26, 2014
    While this may be the actor-director’s most polished feature yet, it’s far from a traditional suspense movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 29, 2014
    It’s a meticulous and tightly coiled cautionary tale, but it’s hard to imagine any of its characters having life outside the narrow confines of its stagy plot, or the edges of its carefully composed frames.
  5. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    May 26, 2014
    While this appropriately brief film unravels its enigma at a tidy clip, it gathers neither enough heat, nor quite enough of a chill, to linger in the bones.
  6. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 26, 2014
    As you'd expect from an actor-director of Amalric's pedigree, the performances are brilliant throughout and Mathieu himself has a wonderful eye for the telling tick and/or the revealing gesture.
  7. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    May 26, 2014
    Amalric's handling is cool, studied and perhaps a little self-conscious. But he does a good job of showing how adultery is a noose that tightens at the throat even before an actual crime is committed - at which point the film grows altogether less interesting.