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À tout de suite2004

  • 3.7
  • passes the bechdel test
A stylish thriller, A TOUT DE SUITE is the highly anticipated film from acclaimed French director Benoit Jacquot. Based on actual events, it tells the story of free-spirited Lili, a Parisian art student who falls for a charismatic bank robber and joins him on the run, a dizzying cross-continent escape through Spain, Morocco and Greece. Ignoring common sense and following blind romance, a sudden betrayal leaves her physically and emotionally stranded in the middle of nowhere. Visually stunning, A TOUT DE SUITE is a mesmerizing account of one woman's breathtaking journey of self-discovery.

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Un Certain Regard selection of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.


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This film reminds me a lot of the French Film from 1960 directed by Jean-Luc Godard

À bout de Souffle (Breathless). I think in a lot of ways I like this one better. The Godard film was a little bit like a home movie at times. I guess I would give it four stars out of five. Marc

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Very enjoyable movie. Absolutely loved the style of it. Not 100% sold on it though. Felt very little sympathy for the protagonist, ended up caring less and less about her as the movie progressed. But that can be typical of the genre this film finds itself in.

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Maybe I just miss the whole French film thing, but I guess I prefer my films have some sort of reasonableness to the character's actions. This film is inexplicable. The girl falls madly in love after a one night stand. She leaves her home on a whim to join her new boyfriend fleeing from the law. (And why did the boyfriend come to her house after the bank robbery; surely they must have had an escape plan!) She is an enthusiastic criminal on the run; then when the others desert her, she inexplicably goes into a stupor, gets picked up by a guy who she vehemently does not want to have sex with, then has sex with a casual woman acquaintance who has befriended her, and then does a casual threesome with 2 guys, all the while sullenly living with her befriender. Eventually she calls her parents who come and get her, gets sentenced to 2 years in prison (and is inexplicably pardoned by the President) whereupon she goes around to the haunts of her previous robber boyfriend. The Director obviously loved Isild Le Besco's face, but I did get tired to seeing her face in almost every frame.

2 members like this review

This film reminds me a lot of the French Film from 1960 directed by Jean-Luc Godard

À bout de Souffle (Breathless). I think in a lot of ways I like this one better. The Godard film was a little bit like a home movie at times. I guess I would give it four stars out of five. Marc

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On the surface this was a story of wayward youth, tempting the law, living dangerously in love in a time where that kind of rebellion really happened. And while there are moments where the film is appealing cinematically -- such as the Paris cafes, the toreador (sad to see the taunting of the bull, though), the scenes of Athens, Morocco, etc., more often than not the stylization (even the black and white) seemed to be an over compensating for what the film lacked in substance, character depth, and overall poignance. There were too many cliches, stereotypical depictions, the gratuitous nude scenes, menage a trois, which made it tedious in the end. Fortunately, there weren't any dreadful violent scenes, or adding of shock value -- but it fizzled out, where I had hoped for some development of either the main character, the moral, or message.

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Great acting and dramatic cinematography, worth watching.

Pas Mal

Great movie!

excellent movie

Excellent. It dragged when she was detained in Greece, then resumed apace.

Je l'ai aime.

but it's not supposed to be. This movie actually falls into the particularly French genre of 'low-affect hot girl character study.' Not a bad example of the form -- I can think of worse -- and her boyfriend is particularly well played.