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Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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Godeau doesn't seem all that bothered with character motivations and backstories.
Their romance is based on a true story that occurred in a Versailles detention center in 2011, yet it rings false because the actors lack chemistry and their individual narratives are nebulous.
While Exarchopoulos's character is adolescently unfocused, the actress herself is naturally compelling.
Writer/director Pierre Godeau proves hotter on context than character. The result's non-judgemental but emotionally parched.
Godeau reaches out frantically for material that might give the pair's encounters any measure of dramatic heft.
The "true story" inspiration does not help, either. The more one reads about the real case, the nastier it seems. It makes Godeau's version look deeply vapid.
This increasingly unsettling tale sets the bar as high as electrified prison walls and would probably veer towards silliness were it not for the very fine work by its two leads Adele Exarchopoulos and Guillaume Gallienne.
It's that volatile sense of ambiguity which makes for such a compelling endeavour, as we vie tirelessly to read, and comprehend the situation.
There is an echo of Jacques Audiard's A Prophet, but don't get your hopes up.
Exarchopoulos has natural charisma, but her character is bland because of this film's outright refusal to talk about her backstory.
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