A Pure Formality details
|Starring:||Gerard Depardieu, Roman Polanski|
|Genres:||Thriller, World Cinema|
A Pure Formality
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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DisappointingBy a customer from West Sussex , 12 Oct 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I put this film on my list because I am a great fan of Gerard Depardieu but found the film slow and boring. Despite Gerard, I could not watch it all the way through. From what I did watch, the persistent darkness, torrential rain and little of change of scenery made it all quite depressing!
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Sterling stuffBy a customer from not living on a French farm , 10 Apr 2009Sterling stuff, or do we have to say 'Euro stuff' for quality these days?
MASTERPIECE!By TheoNikolas (2 reviews) from London , 18 Mar 2009excellent movie! great performance by gerard!!!! MACHNIFIQUE!
piece de resistanceBy a customer from Worcester , 07 Jan 2009Amazing feat of acting from both leads. Totally believable piece of fantasy. Absorbing from start to finish.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008Despite a decent performance from Depardieu, this film is far too long, the plot far too thin and the payoff not enough to compensate for the tedium that has preceded it.
one for the mindBy nessebur (4 reviews) from Edinburgh , 29 Jan 2008This film is definitely not for people with attention deficit disorder or lazy minds. I fear those reviewers who have slagged it off for being too long/too slow suffer from these afflictions.
Instead, this is a chamber drama of sorts - the action is confined, as in theatre, to one place, and the story arises from the characterisation and the atmosphere. It is surreal but always believable.
There is a terrific twist at the end that I don't want to give away. All I'll say is that this is a must-see for people interested in the nature of reality, in the creative process, and in the boundaries of the imagination.
Depardieu is breath-takingly poignant as the tormented novelist, and Polanski is at his eerie best as the creepily melancholy inspector at the god-forsaken, rain-sodden police station.