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Fear and Trembling

Fear and Trembling (2004)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 3

This tale of culture clash is by turns downbeat and hilarious.


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 2

This tale of culture clash is by turns downbeat and hilarious.



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French director Alain Corneau delves into the painfully irrational world of office politics, which are further complicated by a severe case of culture clash in his 2003 comedy, Stupeur et Tremblements (Fear and Trembling). Based on the similarly titled memoirs of author Amélie Nothomb and her employment experiences with a Japanese mega-corporation, Fear and Trembling begins with Amélie (Sylvie Testud) landing in Tokyo shortly after receiving her college education. The young Belgian chose to

Sep 6, 2005

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The best office comedy since Office Space.

August 5, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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One of the screen's most cuttingly funny looks at office life.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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... subtly sexual and erotic, despite the fact that every scene takes place in the office and there is not a single overt sexual act or word or gesture or reference.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The film is more ambiguous about its characters' desire than it needs to be.

May 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The delicacy of the film comes from the fine performances, particularly Kaori Tsuji as Fubuki.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Astutely directed by Alain Corneau.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A clean S&M flick which only devotees of mental cruelty are likely to find satisfying. Office Space, Japanese Style!

August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
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a bravura performance in a memorable film.

December 14, 2005 Full Review Source:

A mindboggling view into the heart of Japan

July 30, 2005 Full Review Source:

A shrewd but spiky satire about corporate bureaucracy and Japanese social stratification.

June 3, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Cool, incisive, funny but also strangely melancholy...connoisseurs of cinematic elegance should find it a brilliant jewel.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Testud, who appears to be fluent in the Japanese language, throws herself into this role and is wickedly funny as she flounders in the perverse environment

May 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Moves swiftly and builds to a satisfying conclusion.

March 24, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Harrowing and hilarious.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

The movie is slight but in a way that makes it the opposite of pushy; it's companionably easy to laugh with.

March 16, 2005 Full Review Source:

From its snarky water-cooler comedy to its satisfying dabblings in feminism, the movie has a championship heart in Testud, an electric screen presence any audience will follow as willingly as the camera tracks her marvelously expressive features.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Fear and Trembling

A funny if unoriginal look at cultural divides. Sometimes the morals are hammered home too blatantly but overall a warm feeling of genuine likeability eminates from the film. Brilliant performances and some wonderfully scripted scenes make this a fine film, even if the containment within the office place hinders the film in terms of characterisation.
December 28, 2007

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