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"Boris Without Beatrice" appears to have something to say about the hubris of the modern business tycoon, but it never coalesces into more than a self-amused goof.
The movie is undermined by its conceptual maundering and impersonality; it can be clinical and opaque one scene, conventional and over-determined the next.
Boris sans Béatrice challenges rather than caters to audience preconceptions - for better and for worse.
Lavant engages, but he was so much better as the Chaplinesque troll of Holy Motors than the chatty nag here. Just another Côté puzzler, I guess.
The film offers an oxymoronic parable that's been utilized countless times by cinema, in loose reiterations of A Christmas Carol: The protagonist must learn humility after learning that the world revolves around him.
A film that seems the result of having truncated of affectation and supposed strangeness the most mechanical and conventional dramatic arc of redemption in the less ventilated areas of the modern comedy. [Full review in Spanish]
The desire for a morose narrative mystery, the disorientation of the spectator to what happens and the demiurgic torment of its characters taste like worn cliche. [Full review in Spanish]
Given more rope, and a slightly bigger budget, Boris seems to offer less than what's on the surface, perhaps because that surface, while initially attractive, seems so self-consciously designed.
I'm not sure Côté has the answers. But he's found a really compelling way to ask the questions.
Like Côté's best work, this morality play is challenging and utterly original.
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