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The Color of Lies back to product details

Lies, not Colorful but Bleak and Grey
written by talltale November 8, 2005 - 9:15 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Claude Chabrol is in a slightly warmer, less satirical and much more pensive mood with THE COLOR OF LIES. Instead of a cast of characters to whom we can feel superior (well, there IS one grandiose TV host we can hate), most of the people here are sadder than nasty, particularly the two leads played wonderfully by Sandrine Bonnaire and Jacques Gamblin. You will feel their heartache, as they try to negotiate life and society, making some whopping mistakes along the way that come back to haunt them. The detective on the case is nicely interpreted by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, too, with more feeling and less push than her male counterparts might offer.

There's a lot going on here, yet the movie never quite jells, as often happens with Chabrol. The director decides to withhold certain information, and so the payoff, when it comes, seem a bit of a cheat. As much as I enjoy many of his films, I think it is this sort of thing that holds Chabrol back from first-rank status. That, plus a sameness to the pacing, tone, visuals, even the performances that cries out for more variety, more construction, more art. Maybe I am asking this director to be something he cannot. I am happy to enjoy what he gives us, but there are times--his more recent and not yet on DVD here in the States, "La Demoiselle d'Honneur" is another example--when I wish he would go that extra few steps into completion. But loose ends and confusion are as much a part of Chabrol as they are of life. Get used to it, film fans (and I am speaking as much to myself here, as to anyone else).


(Average 6.75)
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