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Girl Cut In Two/ La Fille Coupee en Deux

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  Girl Cut In Two/ La Fille Coupee en Deux Review
Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
5.86 /10
Ludivine Sagnier, Benoit Magimel, Francois Berleand
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Directed by: Claude Chabrol
Written by: Cecile Maistre, Claude Chabrol

Released: 2007
Origin: France
Length: 116

A film you could cut altogether.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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On this evidence, veteran French director Claude Chabrol, aged 78, is in real danger of turning into an extremely dirty old man.

There’s something toe-curlingly creepy about the way he ogles his anti-heroine, a pretty TV weather girl on the make, played by the diminutive but undeniably sexy Lidivine Sagnier (pictured left).

She is emotionally torn between two characters whom I found equally unappealing: a married roue (Francois Berleand, pictured right) who’s three times her age, converses in literary quotations and has an appetite for kinky sex, and a possessive, arrogant playboy (Benoit Magimel) with a hysterical side and a sinister, domineering mother (Caroline Silhol).

It’s set in the present but loosely based on a scandalous 1906 murder case. Its datedness as cinema owes more to the late 1960s and early 70s. The emphasis on the complacency of a powerful, moneyed upper class seems more suited to the heyday of Bunuel’s discreetly charmless bourgeoisie than it does to the 21st century.

Most people won’t care enough about these people or believe in their relationships, to sit out all 115 minutes of this icily mannered film that continually hints at darker, more subversive themes of sado-masochism than it dares to explore.

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