Leaving

2009, Romance/Drama, 1h 25m

65 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Laden with melodramatic clichés, Leaving needed a talented star to succeed -- and Kristin Scott Thomas delivers the goods with another superb performance. Read critic reviews

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An unhappily married woman's (Kristin Scott Thomas) affair with an ex-convict (Sergi López) yields dangerous consequences.

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  • Jul 14, 2014
    I don't quite understand the hate that this film got from users and critics alike. Kristin Scott Thomas has landed in a number of French dramas and this is her best performance. The entire cast actually is excellent at keeping the tension level appropriate leading to a thrilling end.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2011
    Really good!! My take on what happens after the movie: Suzanne gets a good lawyer and recuperates in a mental hospital because she was raped and driven temporarily insane. The lovers get back together, restore the rock house and live happily ever after. Maybe they could make a sequel, and call it, "Coming". --copied from another reviewer, but I thought it was so great that I had to put it here. :)
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2010
    One of several European films I've seen this year that has what is essentially a very ordinary story but that is made with such conviction and power that I was left dumbstruck at the end. <i>Leaving</i> unusually has our lead confessing her affair to her husband very early on and the route it takes - the result of that affair - is what propels the story. Admittedly, not a whole lot in terms of plot actually happens until the bleak and very effective final third, but what a final third, with Kristn Scott Thomas simply brilliant as Suzanne. The critic Mark Kermode was right when he said she does "staring into the void" very well; when her happiness is taken away it is written all over her face. Uncomfortable viewing that has stayed with me, but cinema par excellence.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2010
    Unconvincing tale of infidelity from a 'middle-aged' female's perspective which has original elements but I didn't believe the women's choices even given 'armour fou'.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer

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