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Friday, September 27, 2013

Apres Lui (2007)

After her son (Adrien Jolivet) is killed in an automobile accident, a woman (Catherine Deneuve) becomes obsessed with his best friend (Thomas Dumerchez) who was driving the car on the fatal night. Her behavior gets more irrational as she attempts to control his life. Directed by Gael Morel (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Christophe Honore), this is a rather unpleasant film. As Deneuve's character begins to fall apart, it's acknowledged by the other characters around her but no one seems to care enough or have sense enough to do something about it. An attorney (Penelope Puymirat) suggests psychiatric intervention but it's never acted upon. So what we're left with is a portrait of a woman spinning out of control and while Deneuve's performance is just fine, ultimately it becomes an exercise in tedium as we're left without any insight into her breakdown. Perhaps a little more background on her relationship with her son may have helped but there's only one scene with him before his death. Still, as I said, Deneuve does some fine work here and fans of the actress should certainly check it out for her performance. With Guy Marchand and Elodie Bouchez.

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