To the Extreme (In extremis) Reviews

  • Nov 01, 2013

    Loose, disperse & self-indulgent. A typical example of (old-school La Nouvelle Vague) French Cinema's structure & characteristic.

    Loose, disperse & self-indulgent. A typical example of (old-school La Nouvelle Vague) French Cinema's structure & characteristic.

  • Jul 08, 2009

    Like the title says. Extreme.

    Like the title says. Extreme.

  • Oct 20, 2008

    Unpleasant, dark film with unlikeable characters. In fairness to the film (or is it?) i stopped it after 20 minutes because i couldn't bear it any more. Maybe it got better?

    Unpleasant, dark film with unlikeable characters. In fairness to the film (or is it?) i stopped it after 20 minutes because i couldn't bear it any more. Maybe it got better?

  • Aug 29, 2008

    It's not a particularly involving film, , and the characters are surprisingly shallow, especially for a French film. But it does have a nice style and a very good score.

    It's not a particularly involving film, , and the characters are surprisingly shallow, especially for a French film. But it does have a nice style and a very good score.

  • Sep 29, 2007

    okay i guess.... but sstill dont understand it... gonna watch it and get a better view of it

    okay i guess.... but sstill dont understand it... gonna watch it and get a better view of it

  • Apr 02, 2007

    This movie was, well, weird. Oh, and very French. But it wasn't too much of a waste of time to see.

    This movie was, well, weird. Oh, and very French. But it wasn't too much of a waste of time to see.

  • Jul 26, 2005

    To The Extreme (2005) – "To much happiness depresses me." - Thomas Thomas, an irresponsible, independently wealthy, bi-sexual sleep-about in his mid-twenties (into the mildly-sadistic-Paris-scene) learns his late female (single parent) companion's teen-age son (Greg) wants him as a guardian. In his grief over the loss of the only person he had any feelings for, Thomas promises to take care of Greg and then spends the rest of the story trying to swim against the emotional tide of honoring his commitment. He alternately dashes to the numbing safety of his sex and drug soaked “friends” before being swept back toward the boy in a wave of loneliness: Thomas had also lost his parents at the same age and Greg represents both a reliving of that horror and the opportunity of crafting a different fate for the boy. This French version of “About a Boy” is the difference between mild salsa and the kind that leaves scars on your tongue. Thomas’ dysfunctional lifestyle makes his character much more complex and considerably less likeable than Hugh Grant. An absolute labor - I could feel the effort it took for the characters to maintain momentum in this near impossible situation. A heroic effort.

    To The Extreme (2005) – "To much happiness depresses me." - Thomas Thomas, an irresponsible, independently wealthy, bi-sexual sleep-about in his mid-twenties (into the mildly-sadistic-Paris-scene) learns his late female (single parent) companion's teen-age son (Greg) wants him as a guardian. In his grief over the loss of the only person he had any feelings for, Thomas promises to take care of Greg and then spends the rest of the story trying to swim against the emotional tide of honoring his commitment. He alternately dashes to the numbing safety of his sex and drug soaked “friends” before being swept back toward the boy in a wave of loneliness: Thomas had also lost his parents at the same age and Greg represents both a reliving of that horror and the opportunity of crafting a different fate for the boy. This French version of “About a Boy” is the difference between mild salsa and the kind that leaves scars on your tongue. Thomas’ dysfunctional lifestyle makes his character much more complex and considerably less likeable than Hugh Grant. An absolute labor - I could feel the effort it took for the characters to maintain momentum in this near impossible situation. A heroic effort.