Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une lumière) Reviews

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May 24, 2019
You have to go back to basically the start of the French filmmaker's career to find him working in such a stylistically restrained register.
May 22, 2019
This frigid misfire is most readily comparable to Hirokazu Kore-eda's "The Third Murder," another flat genre flirtation from an otherwise reliable master.
May 22, 2019
A movie I couldn't make friends with.
May 22, 2019
A reasonably engrossing police procedural with roots in a 2008 TV documentary.
May 22, 2019
There's a constant sense of deja vu and reminders of other, better films without the material ever really coming into its own.
July 25, 2019
Dreary, but what this film has to offer is its performances.
June 5, 2019
Oh Mercy is clearly the film where writer/director Arnaud Desplechin explicitly comes to terms with the world, and he does so in a very personal way.
June 3, 2019
A film that deserves a second visit to be able to judge more sensibly. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 3, 2019
An atmospheric, smug, and contrived minor police procedural film from France.
May 29, 2019
We will never get to know what really happened... What matters is how the story can come to set up and shape the limits of a reconstruction. [Full review in Spanish]
May 29, 2019
One of [Cannes'] most solid, disturbing and serious film proposals. [Full review in Spanish]
May 28, 2019
Oh Mercy!, presumably named after what you'll be screaming after enduring something so painfully run of the mill, suffers from the unusual problem of being both too convoluted, and so reliant on formula it never becomes difficult to follow.
May 27, 2019
As an exponent thriller the film lacks the necessary tension and the final half hour is directly soporific. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 27, 2019
Desplechin rehearses an effective and brilliant exercise of cinema structured in two parts so different from each other that they would say opposite. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 27, 2019
The film keeps turning over the same thing, insisting again and again on an interrogation that becomes absurd and tedious. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 26, 2019
"Oh, Mercy" may not be the veteran French director's finest hour, but the uneven crime picture is nonetheless an intriguing experiment rooted in a real true-crime event.
May 26, 2019
All of this is commendable, but it also does not serve as a formula to make an exciting cinema. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 25, 2019
It isn't too long into its running time that Oh Mercy!, in its generally abiding faith in the effectiveness and general well-meaning of police work, comes off as undiscerning in its pro-cop stance.
May 23, 2019
Under the mantle of the detective genre, [director Arnaud] Desplechin displays his most passionate obsessions: the representation of reconstruction, whether of memory, of the past or of fiction; of a fire or a murder. [Full review in Spanish]
May 23, 2019
[Director Arnaud] Desplechin, after a morose first part... that seems to go nowhere, focuses more on the manipulation of one over another, and that's where the film grows. [Full review in Spanish]
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