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July 4, 2015
An immensely strange film from Rivette. On the surface it's a thriller, but it's 3 hours long and really has about as much plot as you'd expect from a film of regular length. Genre conventions are largely thrown away here. The build up to what action there is is drawn out to incredible lengths without really attempting to build up suspense. The action is staged rather casually and indifferently. The plot centers on a murder and there's a twist, but it's all a bit sketchy and indifferently thought out. This will all make it sound like I didn't like the film, but I liked it a great deal. It all serves to highlight the stupidity and irrevocable nature of the violence. Besides that, it's extremely well-written in the sense that the actors are given a lot of thoughtful dialogue and actions inside the clumsily executed thriller maneuvers.
May 28, 2014
Calling this movie "deliberately paced" is understatement, but a patient viewer will appreciate its meditative approach to storytelling. Long train rides never seemed so meaningful.
½ July 27, 2009
A meditative anti-thriller-cum-Electra adaptation that broods along and unravels slowly. This is easily the most conventional Rivette film, focusing more on sketching out the characters' psychological terrain than any of his other works, though the film's style and narrative structure is pure Rivette, including a set of characters who repeats the same set of actions until the narrative reaches its conclusion. While this has served Rivette well in his films about theater and cinematic deconstruction, it works just as well here because Rivette is more interested in examining the process and circumstances causing the major narrative actions rather than the actions themselves. Bonnaire is excellent.
½ January 1, 2009
Avec Largo Winch et Secret Défense, on se dit qu'en fin le cinéma français aborde le thriller à l'américaine, de façon totalement décomplexée. Et réussite.
½ December 21, 2008
Moyen plus. Les deux acteurs principaux sont tres bons. La musique est quelconque, et la réalisation est moyenne (des scenes d'interieur manquaient d'eclairage).
November 25, 2008
I watched half of this movie but I never got to finish it because the VHS was messed up. 2 1/2 stars so far.
September 7, 2008
Long movie, but not a second is wasted.
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