An exquisitely crafted, brilliant, confusing, disordered, maddening, and wonderfully flawed film that tries to show life as it is lived.
| Original Score: 3/4
It creates the lived-in sense of being in the world of the characters.
Bouquet and the waterways of Venice are the chief charms of Téchiné's movie, which is otherwise one of his less convincing efforts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
[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.
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.
The way Techine holds them up to the film's unforgiving light, they sometimes seem less like people than like insects in a jar.
| Original Score: 2/4
Techine lavishes upon us not just scenery and characters but complications and emotional turmoil in pursuit of subtlety. If this seems perverse, it most certainly is.
An elegantly rambling Franco-Italian affair about the ways we do each other wrong while trying to do each other right.
Every single player in Unforgivable is worth a movie of his or her own. The fact that they are all in the same movie together is more boon than bust.
| Original Score: B+
The movie is intriguing and racy, but not always convincing.
There's something in this story that lingers, too, like the Venetian sunset, as we watch these people, rich and poor, acting foolishly, selfishly, sometimes even hurtfully.
Both Venice and Bouquet are photographed to ravishing effect, and like the city, Judith is meant to suggest something trapped into being a fantasy for others.
Literate, intelligent and a model of accomplished European filmmaking, "Unforgivable" showcases the kind of emotional complexity that is all but gone from the screen these days.
| Original Score: 4/5
"Unforgivable" isn't one of Mr. Téchiné's greatest achievements, but it's engrossing even when its increasingly populated story falters, tripped up by unpersuasive actions, connections and details.
| Original Score: 3/5
Without fully realized characters, the film's major moments - each cutting remark and humiliating act - feel hollow.
The jumble of characters and plotlines remain indistinct and removed throughout.
| Original Score: C
[An] elliptical and somewhat loopy drama about the slipperiness of love at any age...
All are wounded souls, and all try their best, even if their acts are less than virtuous.
Téchiné piles a staggering amount of incident into 111 minutes, ever pushing the narrative forward and never letting scenes dawdle.
A fascinating, satisfyingly complex romantic thriller.