Alice Et Martin details
|Starring:||Carmen Maura, Mathieu Amalric, Juliette Binoche, Pierre Maguelon, Roschdy Zem, Marthe Villalonga, Alexis Loret|
|Genres:||Drama, Romance, World Cinema|
Alice Et Martin
|Run time:||2 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||27 Dec 2000|
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Tedious and uninvolving melodramaBy Philip Concannon from London , 17 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]'Alice et Martin' starts as it means to go on with inexplicable behaviour, jarring cuts and an irritatingly pretentious tone in evidence from the opening scene. We are introduced to Martin as a 10 year-old who is suddenly sent to live with his absent father(Pierre Maguelon). But Victor is a hard and abusive father and the next time we see Martin he's a 20 year-old(Alexis Loret) fleeing home after his father's death.
He heads to Paris to live with his brother Benjamin(Mathieu Amalric) and his attractive flatmate Alice(Juliette Binoche). He's instantly taken with Alice but the feeling's not mutual. Until, that is, Martin is spotted at a cafe and becomes a succesful model(as you do), suddenly Alice falls in love with him. Life is pretty tough in Paris isn't it?
It takes us a long time to get to this point in the picture and it's hard to feel anything for these self-obsessed characters. When Alice and Martin get together and she finds herself pregnant, Martin's repressed memories of what really happened to his father resurface. We are then launched back in time for a drawn-out and dull flashback depicting Victor's death.
Andre Techine's film is so wilfully oblique and impenetrable that the viewer's patience is sorely tested. The characters are barely fleshed out, despite the best efforts of the ever-excellent Binoche. The film is also fatally hamstrung by the casting of the inexperienced Alexis Loret as Martin. The guy simply can't act, especially not a character who's supposed to be mentally disturbed. He simply stands there looking constipated throughout, delivering his lines in the same dull monotone.
Despite 'Alice et Martin' being well shot by Caroline Champetier and benefitting from a well-judged score by Philippe Sarde, the clumsy structure, banal dialogue and lack of emotional involvement make it an instantly forgettable drama. It's a long-winded slog for little reward.
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Love is a mysteryBy fromoutoftheblue (23 reviews) from london , 18 Jun 2011This film has depth, scenery, passion and insight. What it lacks, however, is a compelling reason why Alice should be with Martin. Alice is beautiful, Martin a fruit-cake..... Perhaps she mistook love with loneliness?
Non descript and longBy Tracylouise (10 reviews) from Oxfordshire , 24 May 2011She didn't want him then she saw his poster, then she decided that she did and not only that, she decided she loved him.
Assayas I say I say I sayBy Stephen from North Cornelly, South Wales , 15 Oct 2010A three parter in three acts has Olivier Assayas written all over it....and on this occasions his limitations seem to be very much to the fore. An overlong narrative, that whilst structured to a three act play seems to be all over the shop, exotic and expensive locations that seem to be more about running up location costs and the subsequent marketability of the finished article outside France and an unsatisfying and abrupt end that left me inevitably with more questions - but the few simple central questions answered within the first fifteen minutes.
Mixed to poor reviews inevitably centre on the Juliette Binoche/ Alexis Loret pairing of the title - which singularly fails to light up the screen or the imagination with their faux-love.
Far more entertaining for me were the appearances of the iconic Pierre Maguelon - I mean, that is how to wear a moustache - and Carmen Maura altogether more convincing and perfectly foxy as the small town hairdresser who captured Victors heart from the magnificently preemptory Martha Villalonga - now that triumvirate would have made a far more entertaining story - but seemingly beyond the reach of Assayas and Gilles Taurand.
In summary - great cast, great locations, missed opportunity.
Alice et MartinBy movingon (4 reviews) from Ipswich , 10 Sep 2009Juliette Binoche is wonderful. She will prove to be an enduring actress who will be watched for decades to come.
French ClassicBy a customer from Norwich , 13 Jan 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI so looked forward to this film. With a cast worthy of their reputations (very high), and yet the script moved too quickly allowing the audience to become detached emotionally with the male lead role. He looked over stylised and too much like an actor not a trumatised disfunctioning adult in a relationship.
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