Mary Poppins Returns
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The essential problem is that artifice for artifice's sake loses its fascination when divorced from human emotion or grand stakes.
Onscreen these devices seem stagey and awkward, and the pacing is slow and clunky.
Despite a few playful flourishes, filmmaker Luc Bondy's experiment in artifice never takes flight.
To the extent that False Confessions does intermittently succeed, it is due almost entirely to [Huppert's] efforts.
Despite the diurnal setting, several scenes are distractingly overlit, the actors enhaloed by a honey glaze.
There is little to recommend here, even for Huppert completists who follow her anywhere.
Fundamental to the film's impact are the police videos that show false confessions being extracted. These are long, unbroken shots in which we see the accused, often a young man, get psychologically abused until they break...
Overall, this is an interesting film which cannot help but generate outrage, though at its core it is more interested in explanations and possible solutions.
The camera does nothing but flatter [Isabelle Huppert], and deservedly so.
[False Confessions] is the type of peekaboo story, garnished with mistaken motives, eavesdropping, and multitudinous untruths, that could be cleared up in one scene if everyone put his/her cards on the table - but naturally that's not the point.
The death of Bondylends a real poignancy toFalse Confessions' viewing, but was it what he truly wanted?
False Confessions devolves into a mad -- and maddening -- string of mindgames.
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