Esther is much less conﬂicted, almost casual about the affair and convinced that they should break off their respective marriages by any means. However, as they ponder on life and love we are intercut with Julien being questioned in a police station and in a prison, by what appears to be a psychologist, at some future date, and we are soon aware that something terrible has happened and much more than a simple story of forbidden love is about to unfold before us.
The ﬁlm moves at a near perfect pace, the tension high throughout as the mystery unfolds, never dragging or rushing us into any one particular moment so we have time to form our opinions and learn the facts before the ﬁnal reveal comes out. If anything it’s more like we’re viewing this from a juries perspective, we only learn so much and only the characters themselves know the real truth.
I really enjoyed this ﬁlm, to some degree it does feel like a lot of set up and no pay off simply because we never see the “truth” as such. Once the characters are doing something that can’t be veriﬁed by a witness or some element of physical evidence the movie loses track of them momentarily, and you might think that would be frustrating but it really works to the ﬁlms betterment. There’s a very real world feel to how we might consume such a story via news coverage and word of mouth and be forced to make a detached judgement.
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