|Starring:||Kristin Scott Thomas, Sergi Lopez, Yvan Attal, Bernard Blancan, Aladin Reibel|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema - Spanish|
|Collections:||November - LOVEFiLM picks, Top French Films|
|Run time:||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Nov 2010|
|Main languages:||French, Spanish|
By Daniel Paton from LOVEFiLM
In June we held a special 'Reviewers Preview Screening' of Leaving, where LOVEFiLM members came along and afterwards reviewed the film. Our resident review Tom Charity picked Daniel Paton's for his impressive write-up...
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A La Recherche Du Temps PerduBy Reverbe (17 reviews) from Uxbridge , 30 Jun 2010
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[Highly rated reviewer]Well performed and beautifully shot, this film sadly had nothing new to say. Following the long and prolific tradition of French 'affair' movies this lapsed into cliche territory and lacked the originality of say 'He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not'. The inclusion of the ending at the start was an artistic error as any suspense was killed and spoilt the whole experience which then became a dull retrospective glance at a supposed 'love affair'. The wellworn cliches of bored housewife,supposedly hunky builder and inattentive husband played out in a workmanlike manner & the screenplay never explored the depth which would have made it more interesting. Kristin Scott Thomas - one of the finest actresses both here and across the channel was disappointing. One would have expected someone of her calibre to have chosen a more innovative script to work with. Her normal excellent character depictions missing as she totally missed the agonising desperation her character would have felt. She was not helped by the wooden performance of her costar and only the husband came across as likeble and sympathetic.The music however was very atmospheric and reminiscent of Truffaut and the cinematography excellently executed. Give better script and leading man, I'd like to see what this director produces in future.
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C'est bonne!By Tazminola (37 reviews) from London , 29 Apr 2013This film is excellent! Well worth a watch and very highly recommended Kristin Scott Thomas is very convincing and brilliant! Very good twists and turns.
KST makes this film goodBy Bobsview (554 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 03 Apr 2013Kristin Scott Thomas, French with sub-titles .Rich married woman in South of France is bored and falls in love with builder who is working on her house. She is engulfed by passion and cannot live without him and it all ends in tears and tragedy. KST lifts it from a 5 to a 6.
Life imitates ArtBy a customer , 30 Jan 2013Well acted film but the main characters were difficult to like or relate to. Bored wife fancies a bit of rough and will sacrifice here family and soul. While her husband turns into Mr Hateful.
Kristin Scott BonkersBy Oldbloke (308 reviews) from Sidmouth , 14 Jan 2013In the South of France, a bored doctors wife falls heavily for a Spanish builder with a chequered past. Her ruthless husband reacts badly and it all gets very messy indeed. Scott Thomas plays a complete car-crash of a woman, whose passion gets better of her and sends everyones lives spiralling out of control. One histrionic scene after another, impossible to empathise with any of the principal characters and in the end I didn't believe in it or care what happened.
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Tender tragedyBy a customer , 10 Jan 2013Well acted with tender and violent moments. The story takes unexpected turns creating suspense and the characters have a vulnerability that is appealing. Some may take issue with the story but cinema isn't meant to be believed but felt.