Three Worlds (2013)



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Al, a young man from a modest background, is ten days away from marrying the daughter of his boss, along with succeeding him as the head of the car dealership where Al has been working for most of his life. One night, while coming back drunk from his bachelor party, Al commits a hit-and-run when he hits a man by accident and is urged to leave the scene of the crime by his two childhood friends who are with him in the car. The next day, gnawed by guilt, he decides to go to the hospital to inquire anonymously about his victim. What he does not know is that the entire accident was witnessed from a balcony by a young woman, Juliette, who is going through her own emotional upheavals. Juliette not only called 911, but also helped to contact the victim's wife, Véra, a Moldovan illegal immigrant whom she decides to help and keep company at the hospital. But when Juliette recognizes Al as the reckless driver in the hospital corridor, she is unable to denounce him. Gradually they get to know each other better through more frequent meetings and phone calls, and Juliette becomes a mediator between Al and the unsuspecting Véra. However, things get complicated when romantic feelings between Juliette and Al start to arise, and Véra finally finds out about their secret relationship. (c) Film Movement
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Each thread of the plot is followed to its dangling, ragged conclusion in a movie that may be painful to watch but that maintains a chilly integrity.

June 20, 2013
New York Times
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Corsini sends her fine cast down a recognizable route, but wisely stands back, allowing them to navigate the twists and turns.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
New York Daily News
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Feels like an overdrawn soap opera about everyone's simultaneous fear of and longing for consequences.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
Village Voice
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Worlds don't so much collide as politely bump into each other in [this] glossy, well-meaning but dramatically listless study of class relations in contemporary Paris.

Full Review… | July 4, 2012
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This stiflingly restrained French dirge about morality, guilt and atonement is chilly and constipated, mistaking ponderousness for intensity.

Full Review… | May 25, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
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A laborious moralistic movie to watch for many reasons, that include the tragic subject matter, the unappealing characters and the story's queasy emotional moral compass.

Full Review… | August 14, 2013
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A highly emotional French film about the three strangers whose lives were changed forever by a single accident that affected their lives. I think it has a rather delicate story, so I wonder why it is given such low ratings by the public...perhaps they do not like the fact that the ending does not provide a satisfactory conclusion.

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

This is a pretty good, small, French drama. The general story seems familiar. There is a hit and run accident; witnessed by a neighbor. She sees the driver get out of his car, and can identify him. But, she does not. The 3 worlds of the title, ostensibly refer to: the up and coming driver who is on the verge of getting married to the boss's daughter. The marriage brings with it an advance in his career and income. The wealthy boss is involved in some shady financial shenanigans. The witness is newly pregnant and involved with a guy she does not want to commit to. The victim and his wife are illegal aliens. The victim has some goon-like friends of questionable legal status. The story chugs along. The various characters cross paths. They each make questionable decisions. The story held my interest. The acting was good. We cannot accurately guess what the various characters might choose to do. The film saw limited release for about 60 days. It then went straight to DVD. Some plot points did not make sense. The ending is somewhat of a muddled mess. Still, the movie is worth a look.

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A very good screenplay by Catherine Corsini, but not a very good film. The cast members are badly mismatched, and Corsini has no idea how to use music to enhance her atmosphere. Relentlessly dreary.

Hal Morris
Hal Morris

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