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|Originaltitel:||La Chambre Bleue|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 76 min.|
|FSK:||Ca. 76 min.|
Whenever Julien (Mathieu Amalric) and Esther (Stéphanie Cléau) meet, they drop their passion. They spend secret hours of hot sex with each other, giving free rein to their desires. Then they return to their normal lives with their unsuspecting spouses. For Julien, it could go on like this. But Esther seems to want more. Julien won't give her that. Only when the police suddenly arrive at his door and arrest him does he realize the consequences of this. He is accused of a serious crime and soon faces the ruins of his marriage and his entire life. But he actually has to pay for an act he didn?t commit at all?
actor Mathieu Amalric has again taken over the task of leading actor and director for "Das blaue Zimmer". Based on the novel of the same name by Georges Simenon, the inventor of the popular Commissioner Maigret, Amalric has staged a mixture of erotic marriage drama and chamber play thriller. The result is a puzzle game immersed in atmospheric images that can captivate the audience with just a few words at the beginning. The film draws much of its suspense from the fact that viewers like Julien are at first kept completely in the dark about what happened, what he is accused of and how it even got that far.
In flashbacks you are led to the beginning of the fateful affair and can better understand Esther's transformation from a sensual seductress to an ice-cold beast. Also the hopelessness of the situation is intensified for Julien excitingly. Due to the good acting of the actors, especially Almaric and Stéphanie Cléau, the story seems credible and to a certain extent captivating despite the sometimes very artificial staging. With a very short running time of just 76 minutes, one might expect a gripping thriller drama due to all these positive aspects.
However, Amalric unfortunately loses himself again and again in tough moments or in never-ending shots, in which the audience's patience is put to a hard test several times. It is indeed comprehensible with which aesthetic concern he has implemented these moments. And there will certainly be some viewers who appreciate these ambitions. However, from a purely entertainment-oriented point of view, the effort to achieve artistic standards clouds the intensity of history and thus also the general entertainment value. For programme lovers who appreciate sophisticated French dramas, the whole thing is nevertheless worth seeing. However, if you hope for a thoroughly gripping affair of a particularly fateful kind due to the premise and the successful entrance, you might end up leaving the cinema disappointed.
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