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some people REALLY don't like this film, but...


Some reviewers on Netflix detest this film, finding the main character unlikeable and unsympathetic.

Even Pascal Greggory says on the commentary that he was surprised to be nominated for the C├ęsar because of that and does not remember his character's name or seem to like his performance.

But I think there's more to it. The DVD commentators do speak a lot about Alain's being depressed and extremely narcissistic. I felt Alain was in a depressed period in his life, perhaps because the passing years are making him question his life, or perhaps for no particular reason. But I didn't think he was or would always be that way. During the film, like most depressed people, he is selfish, irritable, inner focused, and not a lot of fun to be with ~ but loveable even so. He shakes everyone up, and his depressed state seems to lead to some personal resolution (at least sort of), for him and for others as well.

Just one viewer's take...

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Alain is not temporarily depressed, he's your typical messed up bisexual who leads a double life (in this case out in the open), turning everything he touches into s---. His duplicity is reprehensible, but then, all the other characters are such a mess as well and so lacking in any discernible depth and humanity that makes caring for any of them impossible. The film is an abstraction of life (the dialog being a good example), or maybe this is the way that relationships are conducted in France. And I thought we Americans had problems...

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What I found surprising was how openly he was living his double life.

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