Don’t Look Down
Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau return with an elegant and intimate drama about love and revenge, crafted with dramatic intensity and visual dazzle.
Dir-Scr Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
Prod Cyriac Auriol
With Manika Auxire, Geoffrey Couët, François Nambot
UK Distribution Peccadillo Pictures
With English subtitles
In this seductive, mysterious drama, versatile French duo Ducastel and Martineau (Theo and Hugo, Jeanne and the Perfect Guy) have made one of their most inventive films. In a high-rise apartment, a woman and five men gather to share their experiences of a man that they have all been involved with, to their cost. In the main room, they talk, drink, dance, while one by one, each goes next door for a private moment of truth. Theatrical in the best sense, the film turns the apartment into a stage for a superb ensemble cast. Alongside echoes of Fassbinder and one-set dramas like Hitchcock’s Rope, Manuel Marmier’s photography and unconventional lighting make this a sculptural celebration of space and colour, as well as a psychological nail-biter.
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