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Unforgivable (2012)

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90

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 2

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36

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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Movie Info

Francis (André Dussollier) is a successful crime writer who moves to Venice to work on his next novel. When he meets model-turned-real-estate-agent Judith (Carole Bouquet), he is instantly infatuated. Francis and Judith eventually marry and move to a remote house on Torcello Island but Francis' newfound happiness hinders his writing. Obsessing over what Judith does while at work, he hires a young ex-convict to investigate. As Judith's sexual past is revealed both men become increasing fixated on

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Andre Techine, Mehdi Ben Attia

Dec 4, 2012

$0.2M

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (8)

An exquisitely crafted, brilliant, confusing, disordered, maddening, and wonderfully flawed film that tries to show life as it is lived.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It creates the lived-in sense of being in the world of the characters.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Bouquet and the waterways of Venice are the chief charms of Téchiné's movie, which is otherwise one of his less convincing efforts.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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What makes the film involving is that it doesn't depend on the mechanical resolution of the plot, but on the close observation of its effects on these distinctive characters.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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[Unforgivable] sets out as an account of unusual lives, finishes as a portrait of a society -- one that lives between the conventional and the openly low.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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It's clearly the work of a master storyteller, conveying a rich, novelistic sense of character and a poetic feeling for the passing of time.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Francis's fluster-as evinced by Dussollier and nurtured by Téchiné-makes for a pleasure both subtle and mildly sadistic.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Techine's latest is rich in emotional intrigue

October 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Though the movie lasts a reasonably brief 107 minutes, Téchiné is in no hurry to reveal his characters. We're still learning about them in the last few scenes, and our loyalties and attractions change.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Flat and a bit stale, like the characters. Not one of Téchiné's finest.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Unforgivable is a bit too relaxed to function as a thriller. Though admirably unpredictable, its plot is also spread thin among these fickle lovers.

August 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

The pervasive morbidity of Venice holds the narrative together, and a melancholy that companionship, parenthood, and art can't console.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The multi-layer cake story has one or three too many.

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...a roundelay of obstinacy and desire, where lives are lived on their own terms, fiercely.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

In "Unforgivable," Téchiné keeps throwing out teasing ideas, but he never makes good on any of them.

July 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Unforgivable

In "Unforgivable," Francis(Andre Dussollier), a famed author, is looking for a quiet place in Venice to do some writing, so Judith(Carole Bouquet), a real estate agent and art expert, suggests a nearby island. After thinking about it, he says he will take it if she moves in with him. Despite having doubts about sharing a bed with a man, a year and a half later they are married when his daughter Alice(Melanie Thierry), an actress, and granddaughter Vicky(Zoe Duthion) come to visit. All goes well until Alice disappears. First, Judith checks with Alvise(Andrea Pergolesi), a shady bit of nobility, before employing her friend Anna Maria(Adriana Asti), a semi-retired private detective, to take the case.

If the movie "Unforgivable" has one thing going for it, it is the city of Venice which been filmed many times before, but not quite like this as it smartly explores the dividing line between tourist and resident. Outside of its setting and the very fine acting, the movie has more than its share of flaws, starting with the derivative jealousy storyline involving Judith's past and present, although I do like the line about her turning others on but nobody turning her on which definitely reminds of me of a former friend. And then there are the other tangents in this rambling narrative which at least serve in the telling the intriguing story of this extended family, of which Anna Maria is the most interesting and ironically given the shortest shrift. What would have worked better is a more compact narrative in a controlled structure.
July 8, 2012
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    1. Judith: Your problem is that everyone is turned on by you, but you are turned on by no one.
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