A Brazilian journalist living in Praia, Cape Verde.
It's kind of strange to see a director whose main skills are based on action come up with a chamber piece like this. Still, it works beautifully, even though it looks like an exercise between movies - in hindsight, it's almost like a rehearsal for The Hidden Fortress.
I don't have much to say other than that Tran's attention to detail and patience in exploring the creations of a couple of artists make for one of the most absorbing experiences I've ever had in a cinema. This looks like a middlebrow French film, but despite the veneer, Tran digs deep to produce an exhilarating result. And, of course, Juliette Binoche is the best film actress of all time. Her face alone conjures up emotions in seconds that could carry dozens of films.
I wrote a Facebook post in Portuguese about it, but, basically, it's a genre movie very proud of being a genre movie in a country where just a few people make genre movies, but there is nothing else in it beyond that pride. It's mediocre, to say the least, specially because it doesn't know how to film violence.
My post in Portuguese:
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