The Big Picture
Time Out says
It plays a bit like Antonioni’s ‘The Passenger’ as remade by Claude Lelouch, where a modicum of chin-scratching about identity and happiness are dressed up in a decorative if at times flagrantly unlikely storyline. Director Eric Lartigau is sensitive to the story’s ever-changing milieux, which helps ground things a bit, and he knows the value of good casting – hence Catherine Deneuve rather generously pops up as Duris’s insightful law-office superior, and resplendently gnarled Niels Arestrup (his old dad in ‘The Beat That My Heart Skipped’) provides a best-undisclosed cameo towards the sharp end of the tale.
Adapted from the 1997 novel by Douglas Kennedy, an American who’s become a bestseller in France, it’s the arthouse-movie equivalent of a good beach read: eminently diverting but perhaps not destined to leave a lasting impression.
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