I'm pretty sure I liked this — Noé's parametric style as a container for dialed-back behavioral realism is a compelling formula, for me, and Argento and Lebrun are fantastic. That said, I'll need another viewing to arrive at an informed opinion, as my AMC matinee screening (the first in its week run) was a mess. The subtitles were cut off from view for the first half-hour; after I raised the issue, the box office manager was only able to switch…
Rigorously deflects turns toward genre and convention on a beat-to-beat level, blurring the line between genuine tension and humorous release. Its dedramatized bits of realism ultimately take on a familiar, mythic shape — I enjoyed the process and the end result. In short, does much of what the New Romanian Cinema does best.