In this brainy, surreal drama (2014), real-life director Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, House of Pleasures) plays a Parisian filmmaker obsessing over his next feature, which, like Hitchcock’s Vertigo, will hinge on a painting. The producer hires an attractive art historian to help the director with research, and their tours of French museums provide the most voluptuous sequences in this otherwise chilly and slow-moving drama. References to other films—Luis Bunuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire, Olivier Assayas’s Irma Vep—liven things up, but a major narrative thread (the filmmaker’s mysterious rash) isn’t adequately explored, leaving underdeveloped the links between hysteria, madness, and creativity. Antoine Barraud directed. In French with subtitles.