Though beautifully filmed and impeccably acted, the story is just too French, domestic and dull to light the fires of conflict.
| Original Score: 3/5
The problem is that it's impossible to care about the dull man at the centre when he's surrounded my much more colourfully eccentric characters.
| Original Score: 2/4
An uneven film with occasional moments of genius.
It's like a Haneke plot turned into a comforting boulevard play, but it's subtly observed and extremely well acted ...
Bonitzer is a lithe, literate writer who has penned screenplays for greats such as Jacques Rivette and André Téchiné but it seems he doesn't save his best ideas for himself.
| Original Score: 2/5
As though aliens picked up a random Francophone VOD channel and regurgitated their own Scary Movie version of the worst bits back at humankind.
| Original Score: 1/5
The performances are tart and tannic, ensuring the film goes out with a graceful dying fall.
At once contrived and jerry-constructed.
The movie dawdles on, tying its loose ends into a limp knot, but when passive-aggressive text messages are the closest you get to dramatic friction, it's hard not to feel as though there's something missing.
Kristen Scott Thomas wanders back from time to time to taunt us with what could have been.
Forget Hortense, we're still looking for the plot.
Watchable French drama with a strong script and superb performances from Jean-Pierre Bacri and Kristin Scott Thomas, though the unfocussed plot is ultimately a little underwhelming.
There's a dream-like quality to this nimble-footed tale, in which coincidences, repetitions and digressions abound, and where various characters appear seemingly magically within scenes.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jean-Pierre Bacri gives a pitch perfect performance as an academic who understands the cultural minutiae of the Orient, but cannot fathom his own loved ones.
A lecturer (Jean-Pierre Bacri) gets embroiled to a fight to stop the deportation of a Serbian woman. Kristin Scott-Thomas (right) reprises another of her chilly wife roles.
A pleasingly intelligent picture.