the Run (France/Belgium;
directed by: Lucas Belvaux
starring: Lucas Belvaux; Catherine Frot; Dominique Blanc
|Johanna says: "I liked ON THE RUN. I wondered
about Bruno's rage, even after all those years in prison. Could he
really just pick up where he left off? I liked the way, as I
told Michael before, even with all his fury - he just
faded away at the end, so quietly. Jeanne was so
maleable - it seemed like the life she had established
during all those years just faded away when Bruno
insisted. Was that believable? I'm not sure. I have
to wait for the last one to see how it all comes together."
Michael says: "Here's a cinematic event that all Chlotrudis
members should definitely try to see. Opening next Friday at the Brattle,
French director Lucas Belvaux' trillogy of films, ON THE RUN, AN
AMAZING COUPLE, and AFTER THE LIFE. In a unique and extremely succesful creation,
Balvaux spins three separate films, each in its own genre, about the
same characters during the same span of time. While each film is wonderfully
realized on its own, so much more is attained by viewing all three. This
is going to be a tricky one come nomination time!
|Bruce says: "ON THE RUN is dead serious, a film as far
from AN AMAZING COUPLE as one could get. It takes but a few minutes into
the film to understand what Belvaux has accomplished with his style switching.
Bruno (Lucas Belvaux) escapes from prison with help from a friend on the
outside. Pascal is assigned to track him down. This is happening at the
same time that Cécile is preparing for her party and Alain is despairing
over his impending demise.
"Within twenty-four hours of the party Bruno has contacted Jeanne, his former revolutionary comrade, and has encountered and rescued Agnès as she attempts to meet a man with whom she has a business relationship; finally he goes with Agnès to Cécile’s chateau in the nearby countryside where she hides him from the police.
"In AN AMAZING COUPLE, on the day after the ill-timed surprise birthday party, we saw Agnès asking Cécile to borrow her car and use the chateau. Smarting from the sting of her own husband’s infidelity, Cécile has assumed that Agnès is having an affair and begrudgingly facilitates her friend’s rendezvous. We see the parts of the same scene from a slightly different perspective, with considerably more information than we had in the first film where Cécile screams at Agnès 'Why can’t you go to a hotel like a normal person.' Belvaux toys with his audience while providing the viewer with an incredible amount of material to rehash. Few directors engage the audience in ways that come close to what Belvaux does here. Rarely is filmgoing so demanding.
"All the while Bruno is hiding out and planning his escape across the French Alps into Italy, Pascal is seeming closing in on him. Pascal is also drawing conclusions regarding Alain’s comings and goings, conclusions which confuse Cécile.
"ON THE RUN sticks with its implied theme and we finally learn Bruno’s fate before we know or understand what is happening with the other characters. ON THE RUN is considerably darker and more foreboding than the other two films. Trying as hard as I can, I cannot envision this film as the first in the trilogy. 4 cats"