From Joseph Conrad’s short story, The Return, director Patrice Chéreau tells the story of a wealthy couple’s declining marriage after the discovery of a letter belonging to Gabrielle (Isabelle Huppert).
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The toxicity of male dictatorship in a marriage. To own someone so as to enjoy them. What were you expecting from a loveless contract? I like how the director brings elemets of drama into hyper focus. Hands, a letter. Changes the color of the film from color to black and white ot dramaticize the scenes. Artfully put together and a whirlwind of emotion to follow.
This film is all the insecurities you had while in love distilled into one entrancing, nightmarish experience. A couple bound together more by cruelty and a desire for dignity than any feelings of affection. Huppert delivers her silent suffering well with her usual detachment. Paradoxically, Jean wanted an object for a wife, but seethed when she acted as such.
Incredibly perceptive work! Of fidelity, whom bridges the "two worlds" of the sexes? Men are of belief and application of societal rules, convictions as goals achieved, expository declarations and alignment of words and ideals. Women of implicit passions, truth in actions rather than contemplations, and the comprehension of the male "rules" without the need of their belief. One manages diffusion only with sacrifice.
an engaging and interesting work of film. a really effective period piece, with some interesting use of alternating black and white and colour to display different points of action. sedate and well paced, this film has a real ethereal mood to it. isabelle huppert gives the painful, tortured kind of performance she has become the best in the world at with a kind of unseen emotional violence.
Patrice Chereau filme d'une facon assez subtile les non-dits qui hantent les couples, et d'une efficacite rare.Huppert est extraordinaire, tandisque la performance de Pascal Greggory est habitee tel que l'on a encore jamais vu aujourd'hui.Il semble se defouler, devient fou, se mondre posseseur de demons.Les sequences noir-blanc/couleurs sont plutots pretentieuses, mais elles cachent un quelconque symbolisme.
Very hard to watch. Cruelty and melodrama. I could have done without much of the music. It's that music that pushes it towards melodrama. On the other hand it really punches up some of the scenes. Took me 5 sittings to get through it.
The problem here is that the husband is such a douche bag. He's been fine viewing her as a prized automated mannequin who does and says all the right things. His narcissistic reaction to finding out that she is made of flesh and blood is tediously melodramatic. Perhaps if the script had other plotlines to give us a break and/or make him more sympathetic, we would find it all less tedious. The servants are good.