See How They Fall

1994 [FRENCH]

Crime / Drama

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French 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 40 min
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24 fps
1 hr 40 min
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Reviewed by film_ophile8 / 10

A Very Unique and Mesmerizing Story

I just watched this last night, having been very intrigued by Audiard's other works, esp.the brilliant and somewhat indescribable Read My Lips. See How They Fall was indeed one of the more unusual stories I have seen in film. While the story has 4 main characters, it is the two most unassuming characters that anchor and propel the film. One is an over-the-hill depressive teddy bear of a salesman, Yanne. The other is a mentally slow/mentally challenged grown up child, Kassovitz. The former is searching for his only friend's killer; the latter is a puppy dog follower of a seedy petty criminal, Trintignant. (I've never seen Tr. in this kind of role. He is extremely convincing and completely revolting.) Most of the film builds the back story and follows the lives of the 2 pairs of friends. There are certainly elements of Midnight Cowboy and Of Mice and Men, but I was very pleased to see that the stories have many unexpected elements, mostly to do with Yanne, as he gradually leaves behind everything familiar to him and 'becomes' the quest to find his friend's killer. He moves obsequiously and with ease through worlds completely foreign to him, and the viewer's empathy is gradually drawn into the essence of who he is. One completely believes that he is who he is playing, and the same is true of Trintignant and Kassovitz.

The film's resolution occurs close to the end, when the 2 stories intersect. Before this, the film would have been greatly improved if 30% of it had been edited out, but the film's resolution is quick and perfect, like a gentle but effective 1-2 punch. In both Read My Lips and See How They Fall, Audiard shows a very unique way with unusual characters and their just-as-unusual stories. Both films are relatively quiet and contemplative, and the many silences lull the viewer into a distinct internal rhythm. Long after the films have ended, this rhythm stays on.

Reviewed by zupatol10 / 10

great actors, brilliant dialog and excellent story

This film is full of interesting ideas. Some scenes are truly hilarious. The dialogs are witty and colloquial. The tension in the film comes not so much from the 'murder mystery' plot as from the relationship between the characters. The film tells two stories in parallel.

The first story involves the characters played by Trintignant and Kassovitz. Trintignant is an ageing drifter, with a somewhat ridiculous macho toughness, who is followed by a naive young man played by Kassovitz with plenty of good-natured smiles. Many good moments in the film come from the contrast between the two characters, for example when Trintignant tries to teach Kassovitz how to be intimidating.

The second story tells how a salesman,played by Jean Yanne, gives up his job and his wife to find the murderer of a young friend. Yanne plays the part with a kind of aggressive irony. I wish I could describe this better.

After a while the viewer understands how both stories are connected and they meet indeed in the end, in a surprising but also logical ending.

The film is a successful mixture of the witty but superficial gangster films the director's father (the celebrated Michel Audiard) used to write, and the "typical french film" with lots of psychological depth and lots of care in the display of emotions.

Reviewed by jotix1006 / 10

Jacques Audiard's debut

Jacques Audiard, a man that had written for the cinema with some degree of success, decided to try his hand at directing with this production. For this event he decided to adapt a Teri White novel, "Triangle", rather than create the scenario himself, which is a strange choice for a man that contributed original material up to this point. The results are mixed. The film shows elements of crime, suspense and in a way, it is a road movie.

We are given two narratives that interweave each other that in many aspects is more style than substance. The device serves to confuse the viewer. Nothing is clear until the end. How is Simon connected with Marx and Johnny, one wonders. Of course, it is revealed on the last minutes of the film. There are aspects of homosexuality in the relationship between Marx and Johnny, and it makes one wonder why Simon is so interested in finding out from a male hustler what goes on in his life.

Jean Yanne's Simon is the most interesting character in the film. He is a welcome presence in whatever vehicle he decided to appear. On the other hand, Jean-Louis Trintignant does not fare as well with his pushy Marx. Mathieu Kassovitz is an annoying presence in the way he was asked to play Johnny. Bulle Ogier is only seen briefly.

Gerald Sterin's dark photography is perfect for the dark atmosphere the director was trying to achieve. Alexandre Desplat's musical score works well within the context of the film.

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