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Lemming (2005)

Cast: Laurent Lucas, Laurent Lucas, Charlotte Gainsbourg, more...
Director: Dominik Moll, Dominik Moll
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Studio: Strand Releasing Home Video
Genre: Drama, Suspense/Thriller
Running Time: 129 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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The charmed life of a successful young engineer is thrown into chaos following a decidedly uncomfortable dinner with his powerful boss and the man's socially scabrous wife in With a Friend Like Harry director Dominik Moll's twisted, semi-supernatural thriller. Upon relocating to an ultra-modern community in the south of France with the promise of a lucrative position at powerful Richard Pollock's (André Dussollier) hi-tech firm, Alain Getty (Laurent Lucas) and his wife, Benedicte (Charlotte Gainsbourg), find their life together going better than they ever imagined. Happy in his work and deeply in love with his beautiful wife, Alain relishes his newfound success before a fateful dinner with Richard and his venomously eccentric wife, Alice (Charlotte Rampling), casts a dark thunderhead over Alain's azure skies. Unable to sleep after the troubling and abbreviated dinner and driven to repair the kitchen sink during a sleepless fit of late-night productivity, Alain is shocked to discover that a lemming has become lodged in the drainage pipes. As Alain attempts to discover just how a rodent native to Scandinavia found its way to a tiny drain pipe in France, a sudden revelation regarding the grim fate of Richard's troubled wife finds the once rational engineer struggling to maintain his sanity, and his marriage, against a malevolent and seemingly supernatural force. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Take the leap by Biehlanphear May 23, 2008 - 12:48 PM PDT
Entertaining and well-made. I loved the pacing and the performances by the leads were subtle and effective. Only slightly weird, which I thought was perfect.

Great Rampling! But ... by randomcha August 18, 2006 - 8:57 AM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
... she's gone after the first half hour. However, when she's onscreen the story really comes alive. The film attempts a Lynchian identity puzzle a la "Lost Highway." But it doesn't quite come off; makes one realize how much of a genius David Lynch truly is. "Lemming" is by no means terrible, just disappointing and oddly unmoving. Still worth a look though.

A Silly Little Furry Thing by talltale August 16, 2006 - 9:26 PM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
A loser of a movie that's all the more disappointing because of its first-rate cast and a writer/director who, a few years back, gave us "With a Friend like Harry," LEMMING skirts dangerously close to the junk pile. It begins well, but less than half-way through, you'll start to get itchy because the thing moves way too slowly to impart much besides incipient boredom. Soon, you begin to worry that the movie really has nothing to say. And you're right. By the end, characterization, logic and sense have long gone, and all that's left is your anger at being "had." Does Dominik Moll actually think there is any worthwhile content here, not to mention actual thrills (comparisons to Hitchcock are plain silly), intelligent symbols or even a decent metaphor? You can't help but wonder.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.33)
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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2005
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.

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