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Alice et Martin (2000)



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In this romantic French drama, auteur Andre Techine offers an intense, intimate look inside the complex relationship between two emotionally dysfunctional people. Neither Alice (Juliette Binoche) nor Martin (Alexis Loret) seem emotionally healthy enough to sustain a relationship, but somehow they manage to stay together amidst their many personal problems. The two met in Paris, where Martin fled after escaping the oppression of his recently deceased tyrannical father. Once in the City of Light, the depressed Martin attempts suicide and later accepts an offer to stay with his half-brother Benjamin (Mathieu Amalric) and his roommate Alice, a violinist, in their ramshackle garret. Shortly thereafter, Martin is spotted by a modeling agent and finds steady work on the city's catwalks. At first, Martin and Alice do not get along. He is brutish and incapable of expressing emotion. He pursues her, but Alice is not terribly interested, until her sexual frustration and need to be loved gets the better of her, and she succumbs to his advances. She then decides to leave Benjamin and travel with Martin to a modelling assignment in Granada, Spain. There the two are briefly happy, but as time passes, Martin's self-absorption increases. Alice's announcement that she is pregnant precipitates a crisis in which Martin reveals that he caused his father's death. Unable to bear the guilt and pain any longer, he commits himself to a mental institution and then requests he be given his day in court. Alice is convinced that Martin is innocent of the crime with which he has charged himself. When he insists on going to court, she goes there to save him from himself.


Critic Reviews for Alice et Martin

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (15)

An involving love story between two emotionally damaged outsiders.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
Top Critic

The sheer neurotic intensity of Techine's characters -- characteristically stretching both backward and forward in time, as in a Faulkner novel--holds one throughout, as does Techine's masterful direction and many of the other performances.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Alice and Martin is not to be missed, particularly in this endless lull of summer.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
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For all the increasing sophistication of Téchiné's technique, the emotions he deals with are basic, and all the more powerful for it.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Techine keeps a tight rein on his actors' dramatics.

July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Alice et Martin has its faults, but there's some real meat here, in the performances and direction.

Full Review… | August 8, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Alice et Martin

The 1st half is cute & refined. Abrupt tone changing happened in the 2nd half, off-track & off-topic quite a bit & which can be certainly much simpler narrated. Both Juliette Binoche & Alexis Loret are good in portraying the titled characters so vividly.


Complex romance about a couple in Paris working out their relationship and dealing with emotional scars of the past. The beautiful Juliet Binochet stars along with Alexis Loret & Mathieu Almaric. If you don't mind subtitles, it's definitely worth seeing.

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