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Brownian Movement2011

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Charlotte is a young doctor living in Brussels with her husband, Max, and their son. She leads a normal, harmonious life, except for the fact that she secretly maintains an apartment where she has sex with her patients, selecting them as if setting up a scientific experiment. When Max finds out about this unusual situation, their relationship is put to the test.

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"A woman who will be forever be unknowable and untrustable…It’s terrifying." - Livia Bloom, Keyframe


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A gentle movie, one perhaps dedicated to the possibility that there can be deep and caring love without having a conscience. I was moved by the delicacy and subtleness if slight movements in her otherwise blank expression. Somehow, it seemed ok that she could do what she did and not be cruel to her husband and family. That he should endure the years uncertain of what she might do next, is a tribute to his love. Apparently, after their lengthly psychotherapy, she no linger used the rented apartment, but did spend much time alone, eyes closed, in a familiar building. He said he couldn't trust her any more - but he did. Lots of hard work by the actors and director.

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A gentle movie, one perhaps dedicated to the possibility that there can be deep and caring love without having a conscience. I was moved by the delicacy and subtleness if slight movements in her otherwise blank expression. Somehow, it seemed ok that she could do what she did and not be cruel to her husband and family. That he should endure the years uncertain of what she might do next, is a tribute to his love. Apparently, after their lengthly psychotherapy, she no linger used the rented apartment, but did spend much time alone, eyes closed, in a familiar building. He said he couldn't trust her any more - but he did. Lots of hard work by the actors and director.

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The loss of my time

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Nanouk Leopold's film is not going to be for everyone, but for those who are patient enough -- there is a great deal explored here. The challenge of this movie is the fact that it is so minimal, quiet and disinterested in offering any conventional narrative for the lead character's motivations. Sandra Huller manages to convey a great deal given that she appears to be heavily restricted by her director's concept. It almost feels as if this doctor's erotic pursuits outside of her marriage have more to do with blunt sexual chemistry than typical desire. There is no question that "Charlotte" has experienced some form of emotional disturbance, but we never can really be sure what that disturbance ever really is. This film is as much a "character mystery" as a "character study." It would rather not solve or resolve itself.

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An interesting take on infidelity, and the consequences it brings. A very quiet, almost meditative film. Not bad at all.

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a beautiful film_she always seems to be happy with herself_which seems totally weird to me_anyway she's great in this as odd as she is_and i guess love hurts

An interesting mediation on being distant from one's own experiences. I found her level of emotional disconnect, coupled with her curiosity engrossing.

Great sets, beautiful film

waste of time

Charlotte is a complicated character done justice by her silence and deference. Everything is beneath the surface. Her performance was convincing. The ending seemed conditionally optimistic (fine with me!), but then in the closing scenes they are riding across a desert, the symbolical/allegorical implications vaguely ominous.

As the title implies, this is a film about small things. It is the most minimal of movies, one almost entirely without emotion or drama. The rewards come from watching the subtle changes on lead actress Sandra Huller's face as she floats through her roles as mother, wife, doctor and lover. The sex scenes are deliberately non-erotic, as if meant to be scientific experiments that Huller performs on herself. This is not a date movie by any means, but will reward anyone who likes thoughtful entertainment and slow, European pacing.

It was ok, typical euro film

Slow, almost painterly at times, but emotionally brutal. This is an exploration of a professional couple trying to stay together while falling apart for reasons that neither of them can (or is willing) to explain. Be ready to focus attention as your imagination will be supplying a lot of narrative. Gorgeous shot framing. Don't watch if you're tired or distracted.

Almost unwatchable - had to end it after seeing her in bed with

that hairy ape - ugh!

The photography and acting in this provocative movie was wonderful.

This is a superb piece of work...writing, acting, directing

I was a strangely quiet movie. Loved her performance - she didn't say much but her face conveyed her quiet emotions vividly. I recommend.

A delicate and beautiful film examining sensuality and the ephemeral.

A Beauty and the Beast story, starring a Research Doctor.

But this story is based not on love, which can overcome horror of being in the arms of some ugly thing, but rather, is based on some aesthetic sensibility. In a crooked way, the Doctor was doing Research and she did seem to really love her job.