She's One of Us (2003)
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Christine Blanc (Sasha Andres) is a single woman working as a temp. She lies to co-workers, and her parents, telling them she lives with her boyfriend. She's socially awkward, and spends hours wandering the misty outskirts of town or sitting at the mall alone, observing people. She tries to talk to people, but she tries too hard, and they are put off. Uncertain of what to say to people, she uses snatches from conversations she's overheard. She's drawn to her boss at the employment agency,
Sep 24, 2003 Wide
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While the director's penchant for extended silences and stagy character positioning make it all seem rather studied, the drama nonetheless is compellingly unsettling.
A French psychological thriller that boasts more style and atmosphere than credibility or coherence, Siegrid Alnoy's debut feature ultimately proves a more opaque experience than most audiences will have patience for.
Alnoy produces and maintains a unsettling mood that draws viewers in while keeping them guessing.
The familiar visual signposts of alienation are spiffily arrayed in Siegrid Alnoy's handsome but empty film debut.
Siegrid Alnoy's occasionally affecting but overdetermined debut feature mines the most unstable sector of the white-collar class: the temp.
This prim white collar serf implodes nearly wordlessly within, a brutal mechanical product of corporate conformity with about as much personality as a xerox machine.
explores similar territory to American Psycho but without the satirical humor of a Patrick Bateman
She's One of Us is an eerie French film that deals with formidable emotions that less adventuresome directors have found too hot to handle.
Alnoy's narrative is better suited to a trashy thriller than a vehicle for weighty political themes, but her limpid images, unexpected angles and long, dreamy takes create a beguilingly hypnotic atmosphere of hazy dislocation.
[C]reate[s] a hauntingly oppressive aura of bleak emotional isolation and a pressure to conform that's as stifling as it is desirable...
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