Saturday, March 28, 2009
As I often find with French films they're not so much meant to be enjoyed, but rather digested.
The Other One (France) is a film that aims to show a slow dissent into madness, each scene is very short, however, slow in pace, action and dialog.
Ann Marie (Dominique Blanc) is a 47 year old social worker, who at the start of the film has confidently decided she's no longer interested in continuing on with her young lover, Alex. She nicely but firmly breaks it off with him. Through this, we see her as very put together and independent. I would say she looks like a 57 year old, in a 37 year old's body, wearing a 27 year old's hairstyle and wardrobe. And actually, the latter is significant in that it shows a certain crack in her amour. Anyone truly sophisticated and self-possessed doesn't need to try and look so young, the aim is to just look fabulous.
When Ann Marie is told that Alex has started seeing someone new her curiosity slowly becomes obsession. She begins not to know herself, effectively established by the sense that her reflection has a life of it's own.
The mood of this film is the very worst gray, sad Sunday you can imagine. I'm not certain what the significance of her constant monitoring of the Cyber cam inside her apartment signified. Or the long beginning sequence of toll booth scenes. However, the very beginning photography shown from above of two dividing highways, one with white headlights coming forward and red headlights going away, was a good visual metaphor of a split of good and evil.
[Directors /Screenewriters: Pierre Trividic, Patrick Mario Bernard]
Rating: Pretty Third Toe (Toe rating based on the quality of the film, not on my personal preference)
This film plays again at the Bridge Theater on Monday, March 30th 2:15pm