“Are you less lonely because you can sit in the garden? Do you feel less lonely in the metro than at home? Well then! Anyway, I have my family friend… with remote control. Whenever they annoy me, I just shut them up. ” – Georges’ Mother
Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A wealthy French couple receive a videotape showing that they are being watched so they try and find out who is behind such a scheme.
My Take on it – This is a film that tries much too hard to show how people must deal with their inner questions while attempting to discover the truth of what is really going on in their lives.
This is especially true as to what information people choose to keep hidden and what they are willing to reveal to others.
The film is paced quite poorly and there are too many parts that move way too slowly.
In addition, there are scenes that drag on too much and make things hard to stay focused.
This film does manage to show how paranoia can affect characters as they try to constantly figure out who has them under surveillance and why.
The dialogue is great and there are some great scenes where characters have discussions/arguments as they try to discover what is happening around them.
Unfortunately, this film leaves too many things ambiguous which makes it very frustrating rather than giving the viewer much more to think about.
Bottom Line – Tries too hard to dive deep into the inner conscious of people as they decide what to reveal to one another and what they wish to keep hidden. The story’s pace moves much too slowly and there are too many scenes that drags along. This film does manage to show the paranoia that these characters feel when they try to figure out who has them under surveillance and why. The script has some great scenes between characters as they discuss what it happening, but unfortunately too many things are eventually left ambiguous which leaves things very frustrating instead of giving us more to think about.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was the official submission of Austria for the Academy Awards in the ‘Best Foreign-Language Film’ category, but was disqualified then because it was not “predominantly shot in the official language of the submitting country,” but rather in French. The controversy that ensued over that – as well as the virtually simultaneous disqualification of Italy’s submission of the Arabic- and Hebrew-language film Private (2004) – prompted the foreign language committee to enact a rule change the following year that made any language acceptable in a foreign language submission – hence Canada’s submission of a Hindi-language film in 2007 (Water (2005)) and Australia’s of a German-language film in 2012 (Lore (2012)). Any language, that is, except English. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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