Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Very disturbing movie by Ursula Meier that the only thing that gives away that’s going to be disturbing is that the star is none other than Isabelle Huppert and you know that this is going to be a hard to digest drama.
The film starts in paradise with a loving and happy family that shares together. There is total bliss in a house in the middle of nowhere that is close to what looks like an abandoned highway. There is a long time where you watch how happy they are and you start to wonder when “something” is going to happen. But you know that things will change when crews arrive to remove the family belongings from the highway and slowly, very slowly you will find what traffic, noise and pollution could do to a family after the highway is open.
Isabelle Huppert is truly manifique -as always- and definitively steals the movie, but performances by all the cast that includes actors who play her husband and three children are great. By the way this is a movie carried by the five family members and there are no more characters, except for the highway that to me is the lead character that drives the story with as many metaphors to real life as you wish to find in this very disturbing story about what could happen when you do not want to leave your home.
As a movie is beautiful to watch with great outdoors cinematography that adds to the family happiness and peaceful living; with the same intensity cinematography slowly covers the changes in their lives and surroundings and there was one moment that I was totally asphyxiated even when everything was the same… well, except for the traffic.
I found this movie truly fascinating because the story, the tech specs and the great director that also co wrote the script. This is a film that could be suited for all audiences as is so well done that will very fast grab your attention in the happy moments, will start to make you nervous in the transition act and will make you very uncomfortable with the third act. But I believe that have to mention that has a very liberating finale.
I do recommend the multiple award winning movie that was La Semaine de la Critique special screening at 2008 Cannes especially to those that enjoy the great Isabelle Huppert, enjoy European cinema and do not mind watching a disturbing but very relevant to modern life story.
Watch trailer @ Movie On Companion