Thursday, September 3, 2015

Un homme idéal (A Perfect Man)

CF Sep 22 9:30pm | In brief: It starts out innocently enough. After all, where’s the harm in rescuing a dead man’s diary—a work that was destined, without his intervention, for a landfill? And anyway, he’s the one who recognized the diary’s potential as a novel, so why shouldn’t he sign the work as his own? Thus begins the meteoric rise of young Mathieu Vasseur (Niney), a heretofore-unpublished author eking out a living at his uncle’s moving company. Mathieu rides the wave as literature’s “Next Big Thing,” with growing concern over the mounting pressure of expectation for a second novel. But Mathieu has more urgent matters to attend to, including Alice (Girardot), a woman the old Mathieu could have only dreamed about. His desperation to keep his secret safe will leave him feeling like a man dispossessed of his own life. No matter—if this is the cost of genius, so be it. With a tip of the hat to Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley, this sun-drenched thriller is elevated by the immersive performance of Pierre Niney, who has had a meteoric rise of his own, culminating in a 2015 Best Actor César for Yves Saint Laurent. Ramblings:

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