Lemming (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

France, 2005.  , , , , , .  Screenplay by Dominik Moll, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

It’s a strange occurrence when the titular Scandinavian rodent finds its way into the drain pipe of a French home owned by happy couple  and . Things get even weirder when they have his boss () over for dinner, along with his resentful wife (a deliciously venomous Charlotte Rampling) who spews hatred at Dussolier in front of their hosts and is very quickly taken away. A few days later, Rampling has a private encounter with both members of the young couple, exits the frame and Lucas returns (quite disastrously) from a work conference to find that his wife’s personality is just a little bit…swapped? It’s a wonderfully tricky plot, combining elements of Hitchcock’s suspense with David Lynch weirdness, but for all of its rich imagery and deeply emotional performances there should be a lot more pleasure taken in the enigma here. It doesn’t quite wrap you up in the spell of mystery that Kieslowski or even Jonathan Glazer’s Birth would have imposed upon the criminal mayhem, but it is satisfying and Gainsbourg is a treat to watch throughout.

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition


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