|thinkfilm | Release Date: March 29, 2002||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
This movie makes one grateful that a serious European art cinema still exists. [15 April 2002, p. 88]
Recoing's performance is chillingly low-key -- sometimes you can swear that he believes his own fictions -- and Livrozet, making his film debut, has a perfect long-in-the-tooth charm.
Vincent is played masterfully by Aurelien Recoing, who gives him a sort of as-if anomie; this haunted hero is so detached that he may not realize he has no real life to be detached from.
It has the stately, well-crafted anxiety of a Hitchcock movie, except that the protagonist and antagonist are one and the same.
If the movie has a flaw, it's that the working out of Vincent's psychology is too perfect.
A subtle mood piece in which a man's collapse is examined so rigorously that one almost hopes for a murder to come along and break the tension.
A well-crafted indictment of the dark side of the modern work ethic.
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