Monday, January 9, 2017

Our Paradise (2011)

IMDb plot summary: Vassili is an aged prostitute with killer instincts. He finds an unconscious young man in the Forest of Boulogne and takes him home. Now lovers and accomplices, the two men become a couple in prostitution and steal from their clients.
Directed by Gaël Morel. Starring Stéphane Rideau, Dimitri Durdaine, Béatrice Dalle, and Mathis Morisset.

This film has a great premise, and the two leads are interesting playing off each other. As the plot becomes more concrete and less episodic about halfway through, it builds in intensity as well. The problem is that the second half relies on characterization the first half doesn't quite achieve. The final 15 minutes are thrilling, but they seem inconsistent with at least one of the established characters, and as a result it loses its bite a little. Those who like their dramas dark and foreign are likely to enjoy it anyway.

3 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Our Paradise < Cry-Baby
Our Paradise > Premonition
Our Paradise > Live-In Maid
Our Paradise < Dogtooth
Our Paradise > Sixteen Candles
Our Paradise < Cropsey
Our Paradise < The Deer Hunter
Our Paradise > Talk to Her
Our Paradise > X-Men: The Last Stand
Our Paradise > Miss Potter
Our Paradise < Star Wars Uncut

Final spot: #1502 out of 2558, which feels a bit too low.

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