Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The restraint of Filippo Meneghetti's "Deux" – and the eyes and face of Martine Chevallier

Filippo Meneghetti's "Deux" (2019) does without so much, and that makes it a strong movie. There's no voice over to explain things; the back story of the characters is only hinted at rather than filled in; the film does not end with the story's problems resolving. But it does end with the smile of Madeleine (Martine Chevallier), who suffers from aphasia after a stroke, which leaves her long-term but secret lover Nina (Barbara Sukowa) cut off from contact with her. These are issues that push my emotional buttons, but they are handled with the restraint by Meneghetti and the actors – above all Chevallier with her expressive face and her extraordinary eyes. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 24 August 2021)


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Léa Drucker and Martine Chevallier in "Deux"

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