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  • Summary: Gabrielle Deneige is an independent, ambitious TV weather girl torn between her love of a distinguished author several decades her senior, and the attentions of a headstrong, potentially unstable young suitor. An unspoken past between the two men heightens tensions, and though she's initially certain of her love for one them, the see-saw demands and whims of both men keep confusing - and darkening - matters. Before long she's encountering emotional and societal forces well beyond her control, inexorably leading to a shocking clash of violence and passion. Inspired by the sensational Gilded Age murder of Madison Square Garden architect Stanford White, A Girl Cut in Two is trademark Chabrol: fiendishly entertaining and impossible to shake. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Impeccably made and uncompromisingly adult, Claude Chabrol's A Girl Cut in Two is unquestionably the work of a master.
  2. A kind of deadpan soap opera - but one that, despite its high melodrama and wicked humor, delivers a real emotional wallop.
  3. 88
    The plot was probably inspired by an actual event, which I will not mention because you may be familiar with it. In any event, Chabrol's insidious style is more absorbing than the plot, as it should be.
  4. Reviewed by: Stan Hall
    75
    The symbolic ending may strike some as a letdown but it's well-played by Sagnier, capping another in a string of memorable performances.
  5. 70
    A Girl Cut in Two is a spry piece of work. Chabrol uses this sinister clown show as a means to puncture the media world's hot-air balloons--as well as to highlight the hypocrisies of his favorite target, the haute bourgeoisie.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    For all its charisma, A Girl Cut in Two lacks a certain depth.
  7. Velvety storytelling still feels more thawed-out than heated.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. BruceN.
    Sep 19, 2008
    7
    It's hard to feel sorry for anyone in this tale of narcissism and betrayal. But it's got a certain perverse appeal...noone apologizes for their brutal behavior. Expand
  2. Sep 25, 2010
    7
    Consistently fascinating partly because of the great casting, partly because of the nice, steady pace. No surprises, really...just pure Chabrol black all the way. Expand

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