Director: Fabrice Du Welz
Writer: Fabrice Du Welz, Romain Protat, Vincent Tavier
Cast: Lola Dueñas, Laurent Lucas, Héléna Noguerra
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]
Gloria (Lola Dueñas) has been living a very quite life with her daughter. Her friend convinces her to go on a date with Michel (Laurent Lucas) whom she finds through a dating website. Gloria agrees after a while, the date goes great and they spend the night together. But after giving Michel some money to help him out with his job, Gloria finds out that is actually how he makes a living: getting money from lonely women. But by then it is too late: Gloria has fallen head over heels and is determined to make it work, whatever it takes. And once she makes that clear to him, Michel is equally unwilling to let Gloria go.
Alleluia did have interesting moments and a cool set-up but everything was weird and nothing really worked for me.
As I said, the film has strengths.There is the outstanding scene where it turns into an impromptu musical for a short while and that was so absurd and strange and great that it was one of my highlights of the festival despite me not liking the film a lot.
Another strength is that Gloria’s neediness is palpable (and incredibly frustrating). I liked how she and the film turn it around then to make it the motivator for her to take charge of her own life and to make it the way she wants to have it (which mostly means “not alone”), come what may.
But the movie just didn’t expand enough on her motivations. Where is that incredible neediness coming from? If I understood the flipped-though, untranslated French documents that were shown in the film correctly, her first husband died. But that is not enough to explain that she doesn’t tell Michel to shove it after finding our that he lied to her big time, but instead seems even more attracted, leaves her daughter from one day to the next and goes to participate in his scams. And even should you be willing to accept that, the question remains how she can be so completely unable to stick to her own plans.
Since I couldn’t understand or go along with Gloria’s decisions (I could understand Michel a whole lot better), it was really hard to go along with the film in its entirety. In fact, it turned out that it wasn’t possible for me at all.