Review: 5.8 out of 10 stars.
This is a script that has been on the shelf since the mid 2000s. It’s a difficult book to make to a movie. A story about lust in the 1860s when women had no independence, and is filled with so many motives from the main characters.
It’s a complex emotions plot. It’s about a young girl, Therese, who was left behind by her father, was forced to live with Madame Raquin (Lange) and her sick son Camille (Felton) whom she was ultimately forced to marry to. When Camille found a job in Paris, they all moved with Madame Raquin also opening a sewing shop. This is when Therese met Laurent (Issac) and lust exploded between them and their affair began.
What happened next was motivation of more lust (and the alluring possibility of love), money and suspicion.
Olsen was a bit over-acting in her early scenes when she had the unhappy, lifeless face. It lacked the suffering and only the distant feel. Her early desire of sex was not totally believable and was almost a bit laughable. However, half way through her scenes when having an affair with the law clerk / painter was very natural. It looked as if she’s truly enjoying all the sex scenes, thoroughly.
The screenplay was well done and the director has articulated details to the closeup of the light sweat on Therese’s cheek side of face as she’s both trying to hide the excitement and embarrassment.
Issac has done an okay job and while a bit green in acting, he had done his part. The problem was that there seems to be an identity crisis. The audience was confused and were left to wonder if he truly loved her or just after the money. The ending was not convincing as it was they just seemed to be too close to lose everything.
Breasty Olsen, even fully clothed, with her sex scenes made the movie a bit distracting. These were no candlelit scenes, but sexually charged and tense relations.
It was a trying dark movie as it has murders and coverups, an ending that could have been more suspended but the writer decided not to.
No after the credits.
Keywords: romance, suspense, thriller, moviereview
— Spoiler Ahead —
The ending was like Romeo and Juliet, where they ended up dead, with the suspended scene when Laurent putting poison into the wine, and Therese pulling out a knife, all while the now paralyzed Madame thought they were going to kill her. A bit dramatic and made it a bit less dark.