Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sombre (1998)

And . . . . we're back in France. Will we continue the streak started with Va, Vis, et Deviens, in which a French film was compelling, relevant, and entertaining? Or will we return to the world of The Butcher, where a promising plot is rendered excruciatingly dull? Sombre certainly has an intriguing premise, more than a little reminiscent of The Butcher. The film centers on a serial killer (good) who follows the Tour de France (interesting) murdering prostitutes (naturally), and meets up with a girl who falls in love with him (??!!). The movie got some festival attention, but didn't make a splash with any of the big boys (Cannes, Venice, Sundance, etc.). I again, am hopeful. At the very least, we'll get to see some beautiful shots of the French countryside, right? Please?

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