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A Pure Formality

Essentially a stagey two-hander in which, in a strangely sinister, seemingly timeless police station, inspector Polanski interrogates the partly amnesiac Depardieu, who claims he's a famous author but who may in fact be responsible for a murder committed near the novelist's home. Emphatically metaphorical and full of thumpingly obvious symbolism, Tornatore's film depends heavily on the two leads for effect - Polanski's sly, shrewd performance outshines Depardieu's broader turn - but even they can't distract from the ludicrous contrivance of the film's threadbare central conceit.

Release details

Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Screenwriter: Giuseppe Tornatore
Cast: Gérard Depardieu
Roman Polanski
Sergio Rubini
Nicola di Pinto

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Terry Montelibano

On the contrary, I was completely taken aback at the conclusion of this film; the story elements were a complete mystery the first time I saw it and found great comfort in its ending. A spiritual experience.

Terry Montelibano

On the contrary, I was completely taken aback at the conclusion of this film; the story elements were a complete mystery the first time I saw it and found great comfort in its ending. A spiritual experience.