Fifth about The Seventh

Mr. & Mrs. Adelman (Mr & Mme Adelman)

Mr. & Mrs. Adelman: the main problem with Nicolas Bedos’ chronicle of the relationship between a writer and his love over a period of decades is that it’s utterly banal. The trajectory of comings and goings, ups and downs, love and hate is far from fresh; a pair of interesting characters could make the film engaging, but those two are not. For starters, they are both unpleasant and dull; they also, more crucially, don’t have convincing chemistry. As performers, Doria Tillier and Bedos himself were stuck with those characters and, no matter how attractive they may be, can’t do much with those characters. The film looks good: cinematographer Nicolas Bolduc moves the camera elegantly and beautifully captures the efficient period recreation (by costume designer Karen Muller Serreau and production designer Stéphane Rozenbaum). The aging make-up work is hit-and-miss.

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