Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Movie review - "Mad Love" (aka L'amour braque) (1985) *1/2

Frances Huster is a bank robber who goes out with Sophie Marceau - they both become involved with an idiot (Tcheky Karyo). It's based on Dostoyevsky's The Idiot. 

It gets off to a weird start with a bank robbery by what seems to be theatre students - running around and yelling in masks as if they're doing a performance piece. That sets the tone for the movie - which operates at a fast, heightened theatrical pace, non naturalistic (especially the dialogue).  I didn't go for it - maybe you have to be used to the work of the director.

I only watched really for Sophie Marceau who is pretty and gives a decent performance, including some obligatory full frontal nudity (other girls in the cast have to do it as well). But this was heavy going. Lots of over the top acting, a high body count, lack of logic, plenty of ham. Maybe if I'd seen other films from this director. Or maybe it was just bad.

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