Employing a highly fragmented narrative, this French adultery drama/murder mystery is not so much to be understood as to just be absorbed. Structurally complicated and at times incoherent, the extended interrogation and courtroom scenes late in the film begin to drag, a major failing for something that runs only 76 minutes. But as a disturbing, sensual chamber piece accentuated by a Hitchcockian score, it’s a sly directorial exercise that surprises with its stylistic flourish and the boldness of its strokes.
La Chambre bleue (Das blaue Zimmer) | Directed by Mathieu Amalric (France 2014) with Mathieu Amalric, Stéphanie Cléau. Starts April 2
Originally published in issue #137, April 2015