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I May Destroy You
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Nina (Juliette Binoche) is a sexual free spirit living in Paris, hunting for apartments with her sleazeball of a real-estate agent, Paulot, whose haircut says "well-off English schoolboy" and whose jaw says "who butchered his mother and dissects stray cats". He rooms with broodingly handsome Quentin. Both Quentin and Paulot are immediately attracted to Nina, and go about wooing her in their own prickish ways (Quentin: threatening suicide, Paulot: bitching and undressing either himself or Nina alternately).
Nina goes for Quentin. Quentin has Paulot grope Nina. Quentin dies. Nina cries. Scrutzler shows up and casts Nina in his production of Romeo & Juliet. Nina struggles. Nina and Paulot FINALLY do the deed, and it is one of the most revolting sex scenes, ever. Scutzler leaves for England on the opening night of his play, leaving a bewildered Nina behind. End. This supposedly takes place over several years, though the pacing is such that it feels closer to two or three days. Also, Nina never changes clothes.
There is no feeling in this movie. It's eighty-eight minutes of flummoxing encounters and cringeworthy sex scenes and more issues than you can shake a stick at. There is no desperation. There is no love. There is no sexual tension (maybe because there is no buildup!). The only thing I can commend are the performances of Jean-Louis Trinignant and Juliette Binoche. 1 1/2 stars.