Vendredi Soir details
|Starring:||Vincent Lindon, Valerie Lemercier|
|Run time:||1 hour 28 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Feb 2004|
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A well-intentioned misfireBy Kino from Hants , 17 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This certainly gets off to a good start. Having packed up her belongings, the female proganist of this largely silent tale heads for her car and starts driving to her boyfriend's house where she is to start a new chapter in her life.
However, the streets of Paris have fallen victim to a public transport strike: the whole city comes to a standstill. Trying to be charitable, our heroine allows a man into her car, just to shelter him from the cold and perhaps, help him get closer to wherever he's trying to get. And one thing leads to another.
Director Denis seems to have tried to tell a story about a woman's attempt to enjoy a last night of freedom recklessness before tying her life with that of her partner and, as an idea, that's perfectly sound. But the execution leaves a great deal to be desired. The almost total lack of verbal communication between the leads makes it difficult to accept that a woman with an apparently happy life would indulge in this odd 'side-track'. It also makes it difficult for us to care about these characters, with the result that the film's final image is more likely to draw a sigh of relief than a sense of liberated exultation.
The cinematography and the music beautifully create a mournful Paris but the overall effect is frothy and more than a little pretentious.
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Too Wet and SlowBy Cato (772 reviews) from Lydbury North , 29 May 2013Gave my wife this one to watch, as I was busy, but she gave up half way through, claiming she was travel sick after sitting in a car ploughing its way through the wet Parisian traffic for forty minutes. Didn't recommend that I watch the rest of it, and I didn't disagree with her.
Absurdity of "Modern Life"By Picaro (68 reviews) from Bangor , 09 Oct 2009Paris is strangled by its car-driving population on a rainy winter evening. A physical encounter between man and woman is inarticulate, based on nothing but animal desire, and a little human kindness. But the shots are colourful, visually challenging, with occasional whimsy.
If this is Friday night, what can the rest of the week be like?
BoringBy a customer from LONDON , 13 Sep 2008Love the director - Love the lead actors - I was eagerly awaiting to see this movie.
What a disappointment - I simply got bored senseless...
Que la baise?By Paddy79 from Leeds, England , 09 Jul 2007Everything that's wrong/ridiculed about French cinema dragged out to an hour and a half. I was ready to leave the cinema after 20 minutes but thought i'd give it a chance expecting that something, anything might happen. It didn't. I have never been so happy to watch credits roll. At least they had a purpose. Whoever thought that making a practically dialogue free film set in a traffic jam was a good idea was wrong. Not good.
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affreux affreux affreuxBy a customer from London , 29 Mar 2007SImply dreadful. Arthouse mannerisms applied to the most vapid romance imaginable, like Michael Hanneke forced at gun point to remake It Happened One Night (though this is very unfair to It Happened One Night). Or the Marge-scripted episode of Itchy and Scratchy. And then there are the cute animation tricks which seem to have strayed from the perky world of Amelie. Someone will say, plausibly, that the constant non-appearance of psychotic violence is subversive of genre expectations. I suppose it is, but not in any interesting way. Beau travail was intriguing, but it's all downhill from there I'm afraid.