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Devos manages to keep it afloat in the second half as the actress peels away for her own adventure and writer-director Jérôme Bonnell develops a subplot that will force the lovers to part for good.
"Just a Sigh" lives up to its name. It disappears without a trace.
"Just a Sigh" charms, with its scenes of street musicians, philosophical debates and headstrong romance, as much as it poses dilemmas of fate and desire.
A bracingly romantic drama that's alive with a mature sense of passion and mystery.
You may complain that "Just a Sigh" is too episodic to cohere and that Alix's eccentricities are plot mechanisms. But to me, this fateful day-in-the-life feels believable.
The interiors of our likeable lovers have not been furnished substantially enough to suggest real lives beyond the hotel walls.
Ultimately, Just a Sigh is a mediocre, "day-in-the-life" film that would have made an incredible short, as one gets the sense that this is far too stretched out to qualify as a solid feature-length film.
A complex experience, the pleasure of Just a Sigh exists mostly in its visuals, tonal shifts and performances.
It adds up to a classy French melodrama that takes the strangers-on-a-train trope and produces an engaging love story.
The scenes with Devos and Byrne strive for some emotional relevance, but "Just a Sigh" keeps derailing on all the trivial things Alix gets up to.
Sigh doesn't capture the senses in a compelling manner, but its elusiveness is actually effective, requiring an audience willing to give up on reason to take on the mysteries of attraction.
Watching Devos slip in and out of Alix's various "characters" is one of the major pleasures of an otherwise modestly enjoyable film.
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