The Blue Room (2014)
aka La chambre bleue
First screened in October 2014
Director: Mathieu Amalric. Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Stéphanie Cléau, Léa Drucker, Laurent Poitrenaux, Olivier Mauvezin, Mona Jaffart, Serge Bozon, Blutch, Paul Kramer, Alain Fraitag, Véronique Alain, Christelle Pichon. Screenplay: Mathieu Amalric and Stéphanie Cléau (based on the novel by Georges Simenon).

Twitter Capsule: Amalric gives Simenon more sensual immediacy than spiritual force. Sharp, tiny shard of erotic pull and retribution.

VOR:   Gives Simenon in particular and the adultery drama in general a proficient working-through, but nothing feels revelatory. Even visual language becomes less striking after opening sequences.

Photo © 2014 Sundance Selects/Alfama Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

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