La Separation (1994)

CHRISTIAN VINCENT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

France, 1994.  CMV Produzione Cinematografica, D.A. Films, France 2 Cinéma, Renn Productions.  Screenplay by , Christian Vincent, based on the novel by Dan Franck.  Cinematography by , .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , .  

 is maddened by wife Isabelle Huppert‘s refusal to be intimate with him after so many years of marriage, and so pushes her to tell him why. When she reveals that she’s having an affair with another man whom she loves very much, he is driven to distraction with sorrow. She insists that she’d like to stay living with her husband, but his jealousy and anger eventually force her to leave the house and take their infant son with her. This extremely well acted examination of the disintegration of a marriage comes after a long line of similar films (Scenes From A Marriage, etc.), and isn’t deeply felt enough to qualify as anything worthy of its predecessors. The acting, however, is as impressive as the two actors always are, so if you’re a fan of either Auteuil or Huppert I would recommend checking it out.

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