À Tout de Suite

Rated NR 2005

In this black-and-white drama from France, director Benoit Jacquot channels the Godard of Breathless, giving us a near-silent outlaw (Ouassini Embarek), a beautiful young blonde (Isild Le Besco), and a whole lot of random acting out, all shot with a practiced lack of adornment. It's the kind of film where nobody seems to have a name and nobody needs one. The protagonist (Le Besco) is a 19-year-old art student who happens upon a sexy Moroccan (Embarek) and falls in love. Almost immediately, the Moroccan botches a bank robbery and goes on the lam, and the young woman joins him. The title may translate as "right now," but the film lacks any sense of urgency; despite marketing efforts to the contrary, it's not an action movie. Instead, it's a slow and laborious persona piece, overly impressed with its supposed import, about a wild post-adolescent willing to do anything for love. The problem is that the love is random and foolish, as is the young woman. It's hard to care much about her, or anything else.

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