Parfait amour (1996) from
|Parfait amour! (1996) was written and directed by
Catherine Breillat (Romance, Fat Girl), and is the story of an affair
between a younger man, and an older woman. He is a business owner (we
never learn anything about his business, or see him working). She is
an Ophthalmologist, and has been married twice.
Francis Renaud and Isabelle Renauld are in bed
for probably half of the running time, but she only briefly
exposes her breasts during these scenes.
As the film opens, he is being arrested for first
sodomizing her with a broom handle, then stabbing her to death with a
butcher knife. As is always true when the ending is the first scene of
the film, there is no tension or suspense of any kind, so the point of
the film becomes to explain how and why this happened.
After 112 minutes mainly consisting of pretentious
dialogue full of incomprehensible French thoughts and feelings, we
learn that he did it because she pissed him off.
- IMDB summary.
32 IMDB votes have it at 6.5 of 10, which is
way too high.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a D. Talky. Sub-titled. No plot or pace.
The camera work is nothing special, but Renauld did give a
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