|La Confusion des Genres|
dir-scr Ilan Duran Cohen|
with Pascal Greggory, Nathalie Richard, Julie Gayet, Cyrille Thouvenin, Vincent Martinez, Alain Bashung, Bulle Ogier, Nelly Borgeaud, Valerie Stroh, Marie Saint-Dizier, Malik Faraoun
release London Film Fest Nov.00; St Louis Film Fest Nov.01
|Review by Rich Cline|
The answers don't come easy (if at all), but the journey is thoroughly gripping as performed by the excellent cast. Greggory is especially good as the man at the centre of the tempest, driving everyone around him nuts with his indecision. Cohen's script and direction are marvellously sharp, witty and insightful, delving deep beneath the surface with intelligent observation and nuance that never take the obvious path ... and most importantly never moralise about the characters or the situations they get themselves into. Yes, it's rather irritating to watch these people complicate their lives so hopelessly, simply because they're unwilling to make a clear decision about how to live. But this is where the film hits a nerve--because which is more troublesome: indecision or a sure sense of direction?
[strong themes and situations, nudity, language] 16.Nov.00
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