HitmanStarring André Dussollier, Laura Morante, Lambert Wilson, Sabine Azéma, Isabelle Carré and Pierre Arditi. Directed by Alain Resnais
Running Time: 125 minutes
Rated: Rated M (infrequent moderate coarse language, moderate sexual reference).
Coeurs a film by Alain Resnais, (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad), is based on an Alan Ackbourn play, 'Private Fears in Public Places'. 'Coeurs' won the Silver Lion for best film at the 63rd Venice Film Festival. Very Art House, the film exposes the private lives of six characters, all seemingly floating in a kind of emotional blur, highlighted by the constantly falling snow. The various and painfully engineered social encounters of these people, if anything, leave them even more conclusively alone and wounded. It is a sad film.
The setting is a wintry Paris. As the characters move from street to apartment; street to office or café, the incessantly falling snow encrusts their shoulders and scarves like an icy mantle. It blurs the frame, muffles boundaries between inside and outside, and cools the emotional temperature in every way.
The central character Thierry, (André Dussollier), a Real Estate Agent, is struggling to find the perfect apartment for Nicole, (Laura Morante), and her belligerent ex-officer fiancé Dan, (Lambert Wilson). In spite of his lack of a job or any interest except drinking, Dan mystifyingly insists on having a study. Times are clearly tough and the young couple is about to break-up. Thierry, on the other hand, is beginning to scent some romantic possibilities with his tensely pious co-worker, Charlotte, (Sabine Azéma), who has just given him a Christian Songs video-tape which, at the end, seems to feature her as Porn Queen. Seduction is going both ways.
Meanwhile Thierry's 30-something sister, Ga