Fifth about The Seventh

When Margaux Meets Margaux (La Belle et la Belle)

When Margaux Meets Margaux: the question posed in Sophie Fillières’ low-key drama (namely, what would one do if could warn a past self of life regrets) is an interesting one, but the answer here is not satisfying. The main characters are emotionally frozen and their emotional journey is simply too dull; however, the film’s eventual solution is somewhat unexpected, and a little bit the better for it. Maybe it’s the case of too little, too late, in any case. Older Sandrine Kiberlain and younger Agathe Bonitzer look enough alike (even if the transition from one to the other in a few decades is unlikely), and they both tackle their inert character convincingly. Melvil Poupaud, as a key romantic interest in their lives, is equally low-key and efficient. Aesthetically, this is an indifferent film.

 

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