Inexorable (2021)

Director: Fabrice du Welz
Writer: Joséphine Darcy Hopkins, Aurélien Molas, Fabrice du Welz
Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Mélanie Doutey, Alba Gaïa Bellugi, Janaina Halloy, Anaël Snoek, Jackie Berroyer, Sam Louwyck
Part of: SLASH 1/2 Filmfestival
Seen on: 6.5.2022

Content Note: misogyny, animal death/cruelty, incest

Marcel (Benoît Poelvoorde) is an author, supposed to be working on his next book that has been a long time coming. Together with his publisher and wife Jeanne (Mélanie Doutey) and their daughter Lucie (Janaina Halloy), they decide to withdraw to Jeanne’s family estate in the country for a bit of calm. Shortly after their arrival, Gloria (Alba Gaïa Bellugi) turns up, bringing back the family dog that ran off. Quickly, Gloria finds a place in their home as a housekeeper and friend to Lucie. But her presence has an unsettling effect on the family.

Inexorable had me rolling my eyes so much because it is, on the one hand, boringly familiar, and on the other hand, enragingly misogynistic.

The film poster showing Gloria (Alba Gaïa Bellugi) and Marcel (Benoît Poelvoorde) grabbing each other by the throat in a sexy way. He is turning around in suspicion. Behind them we see Jeanne (Mélanie Doutey) on the staircase in the distance.
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Adoration (2019)

Director: Fabrice du Welz
Writer: Fabrice du Welz, Romain Protat, Vincent Tavier
Cast: Thomas Gioria, Fantine Harduin, Benoît Poelvoorde, Anaël Snoek, Gwendolyn Gourvenec, Peter Van den Begin, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Laurent Lucas
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2019

Content Note: ableism/saneism

Paul (Thomas Gioria) lives close to the remote psychiatric hospital his mother (Anaël Snoek) works at. Paul is not allowed to talk to the patients, but when Gloria (Fantine Harduin) is admitted and immediately tries to escape, they meet by chance – and Paul immediately falls in love. Determined to help Gloria any way he can, Paul helps her escape and the two go on the run. But there was a reason that Gloria was in a psychiatric hospital.

Adoration captures Paul’s perspective perfectly, but doesn’t do enough with Gloria to make their story together really work. Thus, the film always feels weirdly distant and also too long.

The film poster showing a digital painting of Paul (Thomas Gioria) and Gloria (Fantine Harduin) standing in a boat, holding hands.
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Alleluia (2014)

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.


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