L’état sauvage [Savage State] (2019)

L’état sauvage
Director: David Perrault
Writer: David Perrault
Cast: Alice Isaaz, Kevin Janssens, Déborah François, Bruno Todeschini, Constance Dollé, Armelle Abibou, Maryne Bertieaux, Kate Moran
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2020

Esther (Alice Isaaz) and her sisters Justine (Déborah François) and Abigaëlle (Maryne Bertieaux) live with their parents Madeleine (Constance Dollé) and Edmond (Bruno Todeschini) who came from France to find a new life in America. But now that the Civil War is looming, perhaps it would be better, safer for them to return to Paris. But they have to cross the continent first, a dangerous journey for which they hire Victor (Kevin Janssens) as protection and guide. They pack their things and are joined by their maid Layla (Armelle Abibou) for the trek. But soon Victor’s past starts catching up with them in the form of Bettie (Kate Moran), spelling more danger for all of them.

Savage State was announced as a feminist take on the Western genre and, well, it definitely is a Western, but everytime it tried for feminist, things became patently absurd. That it tries at all, though, is probably the only thing that sets it apart from other – and much better – films. I didn’t get anything from it.

The film poster showing Esther (Alice Isaaz) and her family on horses, riding through the desert.


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La délicatesse [Delicacy] (2011)

La délicatesse
Director: David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos
Writer: David Foenkinos
Based on: David Foenkinos’ novel
Cast: Audrey Tautou, François DamiensPio Marmaï, Bruno Todeschini, Mélanie Bernier

Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) and François (Pio Marmaï) are the perfect couple and extremely happy with each other. But then François dies in an accident and Nathalie is completely lost. She throws herself into work, where she quickly rises to a management position. Three years later she is still mourning François, when she kisses her co-worker Markus (François Damiens) out of a reverie one day. But what started as absent-mindedness on Nathalie’s part, inspires Markus to openly court her and trying to gain her affection.

La délicatesse could have been extremely nice but since the script failed to give any of the characters actual personalities (the only one who actually does have a personality dies in the first 20 minutes), it gets stuck in mediocrity. And then the ending pushes it all the way to ridiculous.

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