Fifth about The Seventh

Lovers (Amants)

Lovers: there is very little to get emotionally connected to in Nicole Garcia’s drama about a romantic triangle that is formed when a young married woman meets her former lover during a vacation. The characters are all very dull to start with, and there is a coldness in the narrative that makes it hard for the passion that they supposedly have for each other to settle convincingly. The stakes of the story never feel anything other than low. Stacy Martin’s pale, elegant beauty makes her a fine choice to play both a trophy wife and a woman with a passionate love affair with a small-time drug dealer; but her chemistry with Pierre Niney is non-existent. Her lack of connection with Benoît Magimel’s older husband is, of course, justified. The film is elegant in its execution, in particular Christophe Beaucarne’s cinematography.

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