Fifth about The Seventh

Madeleine Collins

Madeleine Collins: the starting situation of Antoine Barraud’s drama is unusual enough, but even that initial understanding of the situation is revealed to be superficial as the film evolves. It is an interesting story, but there is a certain je ne sais quoi missing, perhaps because the film is more interested in explaining the past than it is looking into the future. Virginie Efira gives a solid performance as the protagonist, a woman living a double life, with different men and kids in two different countries; her delicate control starts to break and so does she. The remainder of the cast is in good shape as well. The camerawork of Gordon Spooner is elegant and fluid, with some beautifully choreographed extended takes. Editor Anita Roth keeps the film moving nicely.

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