Saturday, 28 August 2010

Leaving: DVD Review

Leaving: DVD Review

Leaving
Rating: M
Released by Vendetta Films

Ice queen Kristin Scott Thomas stars in this French film about a 40 year old woman living in the south of France - and desperate for a change.

Married to a doctor and with two kids, Suzanne's decided to go back to work as a physiotherapist; her husband gives her the nod and decides to build a consulting room in their backyard.

Cue Ivan (Sergi Lopez) the odd job man who's been to jail turning up on their doorstep.

However, soon after the work begins, the pair find themselves attracted - and unable to fight their feelings.

But what begins as an affair soon engulfs five people's lives - and with disastrous consequences..

There's an undeniable chemistry between both Suzanne and Ivan and the leads carry it off well - even getting very raunchy in places - but maybe it's this genre but I struggle to have any sympathy for Suzanne - she has everything she wants - except love admittedly.

However, it's towards the end as it starts to really unravel that she finally comes alive as a character and delivers an emotional and powerful performance.

Rating: 5/10

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