| Original Score: C+
An involving love story between two emotionally damaged outsiders.
The sheer neurotic intensity of Techine's characters -- characteristically stretching both backward and forward in time, as in a Faulkner novel--holds one throughout, as does Techine's masterful direction and many of the other performances.
Alice and Martin is not to be missed, particularly in this endless lull of summer.
For all the increasing sophistication of Téchiné's technique, the emotions he deals with are basic, and all the more powerful for it.
Techine keeps a tight rein on his actors' dramatics.
| Original Score: B-
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Alice et Martin has its faults, but there's some real meat here, in the performances and direction.
Téchiné, typically honest and generous, always allows the churning emotional undercurrents to take over.
Despite some glorious passages, Alice and Martin is play-act passion.
A richly populated, observant film that suffers, forgivably, from an excess of curiosity about the world it depicts -- a surfeit of generosity, intelligence and art.
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: B+
When it comes to movies about dysfunctional family relationships and emotionally damaged individuals, few active filmmakers do a better job than veteran French director André Techiné.
| Original Score: 3/4
Even a flawed Techine film merits our attention.