Dussolier, Bouquet, Venice

  • Dussolier, Bouquet, Venice

If the low attendance at last night’s screening was any indication, André Téchiné’s Unforgivable won’t be playing in town for much longer. I recommend seeing it at the Music Box while you still can; the movie, like everything by Téchiné, benefits from a theatrical setting. In the work of this major French filmmaker, characters lead such complex lives that no frame seems capable of holding them (which a big screen only confirms). Téchiné’s people change their minds constantly, enter into deep relationships with relative strangers, and develop new obsessions on a whim. In his films, the human heart is a force of nature, powerful and unknowable, and the director’s masterful style (based on fluid tracking shots and propulsive editing) reflects his heroic attempt to keep up with it.