Monday, July 28, 2008
Thums Up for Tell No One, and for The Last Mistress
French, French, French.
And all of those blasted subtitles.
If the lead actor in Ne Le Dis a Personne [Tell No One], François Cluzet, had not so unnervingly resembled Dustin Hoffman, I would have found it nigh perfect [although a bit too long -- the overly-contrived ending didn't bother me, but it could'a been wrapped up more quickly]. I liked the actors, the pacing, the thriller/mystery, the conflict -- I liked it all. You may recall that I waxed ecstatic I reviewed The Diving Bell and the Butterfly -- another film featuring the amazing Marie-Josée Croze. Here, she's great, although not onscreen nearly enough pour mois.
Une Vielle Maitresse (The Last Mistress) is getting quite a bit of ink for the lead performance by Asia Argento -- and not all of it good. Argento is one o' these wacky, intense punky auteur-types. But -- since I don't speak French -- I was saved from hearing what may have been very painflul line readings. But I was also freed to see a sincere, genuine performance. I enjoyed the tale, and I like all of the actors. The nudity and sex I coulda done without.