First time I have ever entered a cinema on my own, as I normally would rather wait for the Blu-ray than do so, and it was not helped by the lady from Sky saying “are we alone tonight, Sir” as I gave her the ticket. Yeah cheers for that bitch! Got in there and the screen was absolutely rammed which I was amazed about. For a film based on a French stage play which just features four people talking, I was expecting to be the only one there.
So – this is a film that I would probably never pay to see, but it does reek of “quality” so when the chance to see it for free came up I jumped at it. And as one would expect it is a film that is very easy to admire, although I would probably never watch it again. If you are a fan of quality drama and amazing acting (all four actors are on the top of their game here) then you certainly would want to catch it. Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, and Christoph Waltz all work together really well – and considering the whole film only takes place in one room they really need to sell the material and this they do.
As the two individual maritial relationships are pulled apart in savage conversation, and the characters start to reveal their true selves, Polanski revels in truly exposing the four people for what they are. In the process we learn an awful lot about the circumstance which bring the four together.
Hardly likely to be a box office hit, or even a massive smash in the home, you may well consider this isn’t worth forking out for cinema tickets for. But it is certainly worth catching when it comes out in the home. It is a truly excellent movie.