Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

In this film of eccentric beauty and wild feeling, printed words sometimes fill the screen, almost obliterating the puny creatures struggling beneath the type. Based on Joseph Conrad’s very dry, very vicious long short story, ‘The Return,’ the film concerns a man who, having married a woman for whom he apparently feels nothing, becomes undone when she leaves him for someone else. Chéreau pushes his characters to the limits of emotion, turning Gabrielle’s face various shades of pink and forcing Jean’s swoop of hair to tumble. Huppert, one of the screen’s great criers (second only to Juliette Binoche), spends much of the film with a flush and damp face, suffering in sepulchral silence while Greggory brilliantly rages. Both actors keep you riveted, even when Chéreau cuts away entirely from them or obscures their images with a well-chosen word. Together with his extraordinary performers, Chéreau breathes life into characters who long ago set a course for death. MD

Year: 2005
Format: 35mm
Color: Color
Minutes: 90
Seconds: 0

D: Patrice Chéreau  

G: Patrice Chéreau, Anne-Louise Trividic  

F: Eric Gautier  

E: François Gédigier  

DA: Olivier Radot

S: Guillaume Sciama  

M: Fabio Vacchi  

P: Patrice Chéreau  

PE: Joseph Strub  

CP: Azor Films  


Isabelle Huppert, Pascal Greggory, Claudia Coli, Thierry Hancisse, Chantal Neuwirth


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