Two of France’s most watchable actresses – Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier – head up this otherwise run-of-the-mill and silly Parisian thriller set in a clinical corporate world. The early scenes are promising as high-flying boss Christine (Scott Thomas) quietly manipulates and exploits – always with a smile – junior exec Isabelle (Sagnier). They both earn big money in a global agro firm, although veteran French director Alain Corneau (who died shortly after filming) isn’t so bothered with the fine details of their working lives as much as he is the characters and the relationships between them.
Things turn nasty when Christine’s boyfriend, Philippe (Patrick Mille), starts hopping between the beds of both women, and the film takes a turn for the ridiculous – and mundane – when Isabelle decides to take control of the situation. Early subtleties relating to power, sexuality and rivalries in the workplace disappear, to be replaced by a more straightforward crime story. Corneau’s decision to insert black-and-white flashbacks in the film’s later stages make this feel doubly pedestrian.
|Release date:||Friday December 14 2012|
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|Cast:||Kristin Scott Thomas
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Good movie. Not ground breaking in any way, but interesting plot development and fine acting, esp by charming Scott Thomas. Worth watching.
This film is good fun. The teacher versus student power struggle is intense and sets up the film for a thrilling ride. Kristin Scott Thomas is great as are the supporting cast. Well worth a watch.
Sagnier is a revelation here ... more famous for her nude scenes previously she shows some craft this is a fun trip.. considering what else is on offer.. this is a no brainer..go see
I agree not the finest film ever made but just great fun to see Sagnier and Scott Thomas sparring so gracefully. Worth a watch.
Both Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier are wonderful. The tension between them, the seduction, the lesbian undercurrents are delicious. I agree it does become more pedestrian but it remains fun, fun, fun throughout.