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Nathalie… (2003)


Picture: C     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: C



The love triangle is an age-old story, or is that several ages.  Either way, even if it becomes crazier when a married woman (Fanny Ardant) puts another woman (Emmanuel Béart) to pretend to be the mysterious title woman to find out why her husband (Gérard Depardieu) is not intimate with her anymore.  Is he having an affair?  Is he having performance issues?  Is he going gay?


Well, this is more of a drama than comedy, but worst of all, it is tired, predictable and even with co-writer/director Anne Fontaine trying to put a “female” point of view into the common story, it really offers no insight into the women, the man in the middle or anything else.  Part of the problem is that this is a big star vehicle and is just so obvious and overly manicured that it falls flat.  I even like the leads, but they are given minimal things to do and after the first half-hour, you could care less what happens next.  Oh, the problems of the rich and beautiful.  It is commercial, obvious, and better passed on.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is surprisingly pasty looking, with a flattened appearance form lack of detail and color that looks blotted down.  This also looks like it was shot in Super 35, but is rather generic in appearance just the same, as shot by cinematographer Jean-Marc Fabre, best known for Fast Food, Fast Women back in 2000.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has Pro Logic surrounds that sound good, but it is too bad the film was not here in its theatrical DTS, because the recording is solid and the highlight of the film.  Michael Nyman’s score (see 9 Songs elsewhere on this site) kept me from falling asleep.  Extras include a making-of featurette and original theatrical trailer.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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