The Girl Cut in Two details
|Starring:||Ludivine Sagnier, Benoît Magimel, François Berléand, Mathilda May, Caroline Sihol, Marie Bunel, Valeria Cavalli, Etienne Chicot, Thomas Chabrol, Jean-Marie Winling, Benoit Magimel, Caroline Silhol, Didier Benureau, Edouard Baer|
|Genres:||Comedy, Drama, Thriller, World Cinema|
|Original title||La Fille Coupee En Deux|
The Girl Cut in Two
|Run time:||1 hour 55 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Sep 2009|
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UnlikelyBy a customer from Herts , 13 Sep 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]Tell me again why this young, beautiful, sucessful girl fell for this elderly, unattractive, charmless, obnoxious, arrogant insensitive man.
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The worst French film ever made?By Oozoid (72 reviews) from Ayr , 13 May 2012Even if you're a pathetic old git like me who still dreams of some gorgeous young thing falling at your feet, don't waste your time on this distasteful nonsense.
Dull and dullerBy a customer from London England , 24 Mar 2011I tried to like this a little bit but started drifting off very soon after it started. Lots of pretty rich middle class people and arty stuff... zzzz. Fraid i gave up before I could see what it was about.
Irritating and pretentious.By Nitaray (222 reviews) from Farnham , 15 Mar 2011Theres nothing like an unusual title to draw the viewers in, and how cross I am with myself for falling for it once again. This film really is a load of pretentious drivel with some dire performances to boot.
The story is apparently based upon a true event of some twenty or more years ago. Surely, in the original happening, the people involved must have been more interesting.
Young actress Ludivine Sagnier plays Gabrielle, a pertly attractive weather girl who reminded me of the young Jennifer Aniston. Into the frame creeps a most unpleasant individual called Charles Saint-Denis , an award-winning author, played by Francois Berleand, who takes a fancy to the young lady and entices her to his lair or den of iniquity, as we later discover.
Charles is sixtyish, grey-haired and not even the slightest bit attractive and the love scenes between them are not exactly convincing. Far from setting the screen alight, they completely fail to ignite. So it comes as rather a surprise to find that Gabrielle is actually in love with him. Whatever does she see in him? He is plainly up to no good, and in any case, already has a devoted wife and an agent/publisher with whom he appears to be on more than friendly terms.
Enter Gabrielles possible saviour, in the form of a very rich young man called Paul, who wants to marry her at first sight and without even a sample of what hes in for. Dear me. Is this Barbara Cartland revisited? Or the ghost of Marquise de Sade popping up once again in someones script.
There is almost no good acting in this movie. Ludivine Sagnier seems too inexperienced to hold the film together, and Francois Berleand doesnt even try. Benouit Magumel as Paul, the flamboyant young suitor, tries hard, but sadly his flam was not sufficiently buoyant. ( A memorable face, tho.)
Of the entire cast, I would say that only Pauls mother, played by a woman who looks like Michele Pfieffer but whose name I dont know, had any intention of doing a little serious acting.
Completely bananas, the whole thing. An outdated cliché of a French film.
stereotypes ahoyBy TheHatter (58 reviews) from Sheffield , 01 Mar 2011I was in the mood to watch a French film so this certainly didn't dissapoint, as it pretty much conforms to every sterotype of French cinema. Good looking woman falls in love with older man, but a younger man loves her. Er, that's about it really, but you know what you're getting!
The Girl Shouldn't Have BotheredBy JHawk (102 reviews) from Edinburgh, Scotland , 10 Feb 2011I had to switch this off about half an hour in as the pretension and aloofness of this film was beginning to boil my wee.
Ludivine Sagnier should know better!
If you like your French films to be pointless character dramas populated by dullards and idiots in denial (mainly men in this film), by all means rent away...
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