A Pure Formality

5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

Time Out says

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

108 mins

Cast and crew

Giuseppe Tornatore
Giuseppe Tornatore
Gérard Depardieu
Roman Polanski
Sergio Rubini
Nicola di Pinto

Users say (2)

5 out of 5 stars