Filmfest 2004

"Feelings" is a richly textured, humorous, deceptively lyrical, emotionally lucid, and intelligently crafted exposition on the dynamics of love, marriage, fidelity, and attraction. The film chronicles the genial and affectionate interaction between a happily settled, middle-aged couple, Jacques and Carol, and their young, overly amorous tenants, a newly married couple named François and Edith – who have moved into the country so that the young man can assume Jacques' medical practice after his retirement - as their relationships evolve from polite cordiality to friendship, and inevitably, to dangerous, impulsive temptation. Idiosyncratically (and cleverly) integrating a Greek chorus that alternately comments, presages, and contextualizes ellipses in the narrative, Lvovsky further demonstrates remarkable agility in creating subtle, but profound tonal shifts that propel the engaging and quietly, but astutely realized human observation to increasingly complex, difficult, and ambivalent emotional terrain that, ultimately (and deservedly), takes on the sublime emotional weight of a modern-day Greek tragedy.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Nathalie Baye, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Isabelle Carré, Melvil Poupaud, Agathe Bonitzer


Director: Noémie Lvovsky