The Blue Room (2014)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
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A country hotel's blue room is the scene of erotic rapture, but the adulterous man (Amalric) and woman (a boldly sexual Stéphanie Cléau) who meet there have different visions of their future. She is more obsessed than he, and his misunderstanding of the madness in her desire will destroy him and all he holds dear. Amalric's direction is brutally spare, as is his performance of a man caught in a vise-a situation of his own making. The classic aspect ratio (1:33) and Grégoire Hetzel's turbulent,
Oct 3, 2014 Limited
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Mathieu Amalric's adaptation of Georges Simenon's mystery novel honors the text, but misses the atmosphere.
The film abounds in guilt and grief, reveling in a general sense of hopelessly broken social connection.
Well-acted (especially by Amalric who is extremely compelling), beautifully shot and unimpeachably crafted, it's a graceful rendering of a nasty little story that could have benefited from a little more formal nastiness too.
The Blue Room is a great little film - a slicing, rapid-fire report on adultery and possible foul play.
Amalric's handling is cool, studied and perhaps a little self-conscious. But he does a good job of showing how adultery is a noose that tightens at the throat even before an actual crime is committed ...
This is a clipped, fragmented piece of cinematic modernism, shuffling its time frames in a staccato narrative that makes for a tense, involving experience from start to finish.
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