Low mass: Alice Isaaz- Jacqueline Bisset, disturbing duo [critique]

In the wake of La Nués et Teddy, the discovery of a filmmaker also focused on the genre: Baptiste Drapeau

After a long period spent caring for her sick mother, Julie left her native countryside to settle in a small provincial town and study as a nursing assistant. There, she finds a room to rent in Elisabeth’s big house, a widow for nearly 20 years and apparently not unhappy to have a little daily company in this too big house for her. But the harmony of the first days will quickly give way to a stranger climate between these two women, each fleeing, in their own way, reality. Elisabeth who refuses to admit the death of her husband, Julie who considers love only in its most absolute form. Because, between them, in the very “Polanskien” closed doors of this house, a third character will emerge. Victor, Elisabeth’s late husband to whom she speaks as if he was still alive before materializing his presence by a wax dummy who will end up changing the relationship between the two women becoming little by little rivals for conquer the heart of this adventurer of the seas. The quasi-Chabrolian bourgeois drama then leaves the shores of realism to sail in a mixture of dreamlike and anguish, accompanied by fine work in the image of François Ray.

But if this ambivalence works so fluidly, it is also thanks to the part left to its two magnificent performers, Jacqueline Bisset and Alice Isaaz, as remarkable in their accuracy as in their complicity. They make it possible to transcend the a little too programmatic side of the home straight line of the story. They give flesh to what sometimes flirts with a pure exercise in cinephile style, paying homage to the classics, from Tenant To Rebecca Passing by Madame Muir’s Adventure Where Innocents by Jack Clayton. They maintain intact this link with a certain romantic reality, thereby reinforcing all the ambiguity sought by a filmmaker who confirms after Just Philippot (The Cloud) and the Boukherma brothers (Teddy) the vigor of this new generation of genre cinema made in France.

By Baptiste Drapeau. With Alice Isaaz, Jacqueline Bisset, François Dominique Blin … Duration: 1h31. Released on August 4, 2021

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