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tout de suite (Right Now) (2005)

 tout de suite (Right Now)


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: A mesmerizing performance by ingenue Isild Le Besco makes this stylish French drama a taut, compelling escapade.

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: A mesmerizing performance by ingenue Isild Le Besco makes this stylish French drama a taut, compelling escapade.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 1,179


Movie Info

Four nameless people are brought together by crime and circumstances in this visually striking drama. A nave young woman (Isild Le Besco) who studies art and lives with her wealthy family goes to a nightclub one evening and meets a mysterious young man of Moroccan heritage (Ouassini Embarek). The two are immediately attracted to one another, and spend the night together. Not long afterward, the woman gets a phone call from her new lover, who has disturbing news -- he's in the midst of a bank … More

Drama , Romance , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Benot Jacquot
In Theaters:
Dec 12, 2006
Cinema Guild - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for tout de suite (Right Now)

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (13) | DVD (5)

Shot in wide-screen, low-grain black and white, this sleek suspense narrative quietly unpacks the delusions and emotional hunger of its upper-class heroine.

Full Review… | January 26, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If you're not careful, A Tout De Suite--Benoit Jacquot's ode to the French New Wave, infused with his love of American crime classics 'Bonnie and Clyde' and 'Badlands'--will fool you.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The film's retro appeal includes black-and-white cinematography and a Truffaut-esque fascination for parallels between the characters' wild flight and filmmaking itself as a wide-eyed, open-ended experience.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Crazy things certainly happen to Lili, but Le Besco drifts through most of the proceedings as though she were following a checklist: long face (done), three-way with lithe Athenians (yup), the occasional suggestion of zombietude (mission accomplished).

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

This is a film of disturbing emotional power and frank sexuality that is photographed in sensuous black and white.

Full Review… | August 4, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Should deliver to that core of filmgoers who respond to anything French, edgy, well-reviewed and well-done.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Stylish but pointless and bland romantic thriller.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Despite the film's infectious style and the powerful charisma of its leading performers, it doesn't really catch fire.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

A Tout de Suite contains a sufficient amount of action and suspense but it's also quite the literary picture.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

... a painful and poignant film at once empathetic and critical, more soberly unnerving than exciting, but never less than compelling.

Full Review… | August 18, 2005
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Opaque stares and pregnant pauses can only pull so much weight, no matter how snazzy the packaging.

Full Review… | August 18, 2005

A Tout de Suite is a sometimes-interesting film, particularly its first 30 minutes, but runs on long after the intrigue ends...

Full Review… | August 12, 2005
Reeling Reviews

Benoit Jacquot's drama creates a sense of dislocation with its impossible-to- predict-what-will- happen-next plot, jumpy black-and-white cinematography, elusive characters and casual approach to the time in which it's set.

Full Review… | August 4, 2005
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Thoroughly assured as a piece of art, and bears rewards worth enduring stretches of palled uneventfulness.

Full Review… | July 31, 2005
Arizona Daily Star

Jacquot has really excelled at recreating another era - the movie feels like a lost New Wave film just coming to light.

Full Review… | July 11, 2005
Reeling Reviews

Whether focused on Lili's face or standing back to take in her long limbs, Caroline Champetier's enthralling black-and-white camerawork is at once nimble and evocative.

Full Review… | July 1, 2005

Evokes the feel and the sensibility of the New Wave while retaining a decidedly contemporary tone.

Full Review… | June 9, 2005

Audience Reviews for tout de suite (Right Now)

Starts out and mostly finishes as a typical French disaffectation piece - a bored young woman with a well-off family runs away to find herself - but creates an interesting subversion by making her self-discovery really suck. Running away with her fugitive boyfriend initially seems like it'll be a grand adventure, but things go very quickly sour and the experience presents very few positive aspects for our poor nameless heroine. The narrative is pretty interesting, but its delivery feels stilted and ineffective. There's only so many times characters can refuse to introduce themselves or pause for half-minutes at a time before you realize the movie is mostly hot air. Things in Right Now feel organic in that "life imitates art" way, and the little glimpses we get at the main character before her escape indicate that she's a dissatisfied romantic who WOULD follow some sparkly bit of false hope out of a safe existence; unfortunately, the careful crafting of the situation is betrayed by the movie's peculiar interactions. Isild Le Besco is a different leading lady, peculiar-looking and not super expressive. I constantly felt that she wasn't quite right as I watched the movie, and perhaps it was the movie's intention that it never really let me into how she was feeling or what she was thinking, but I would have preferred a slightly less obtuse actress. Her lack of emotional signposting makes some of the sexual scenes especially bizarre.

Pretty interesting, well worth the time, but you're better off watching Breathless.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]With "A Tout de Suite," writer-director Benoit Jacquot has made another rumination about the reverbations of women's actions.("Sade" being an exception to this rule.) In other words, if we have freedom, than we must accept the consequences of our actions. Whether this is sexist depends on the circumstances of the specific movie.("Seventh Heaven" did give me cause for concern.) Here, it is 1975 and a 19-year old talented but unenthusiastic art student(Isild Le Besco), who lives at home with her father and sister, a university student, gets involved with bank robbers after becoming smitten with one of them(Ouassini Embarek). Even knowing who they are, she still decides to leave home with them. It is clear that she is naive about the world around her but not about sex.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"A Tout de Suite" is shot in black and white(which I am such a sucker for). The movie emulates the French New Wave with its jump cuts and loose story structure. Some stock footage is added to make it look more like 1975.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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