- Fabrice Du Welz propone un film noir, molto cupo, che scruta l'incontro inevitabilmente fatale tra una misteriosa ragazza e una coppia dell'alta borghesia
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Marcel Bellmer (Benoît Poelvoorde) seems elsewhere. Elsewhere vis-a-vis himself, elsewhere in terms of the logistical complications caused by his little family’s relocation to his late father-in-law’s majestic country house, elsewhere when it comes to the entreaties of his wife (Mélanie Doutey) who is doggedly overseeing the entire operation, and practically elsewhere in the face of the questions put to him by a journalist who has been interrogating him and his wife - the great author and the successful editor - about the literary legacy of which they are now the custodians.
Marcel burst onto the literary scene several years earlier with a first novel entitled Inexorable, which had an explosive effect but which he is struggling to follow up on; a first novel which helped win him his wife Jeanne and a solid fan base.
One of these fans is the mysterious Gloria (Alba Gaïa Bellugi), who breaks into the couple’s sumptuous home one summer’s day. She appears at the end of their drive, a nigh-on ghostly vision of a young woman and a white wolf. The white wolf is actually a dog belonging to the couple’s little girl Lucie (Janaïna Halloy), a dog who will act like a veritable Trojan Horse for Gloria, who will slowly force her way into the Bellmer’s lives.
Inexorable: that which we cannot escape. Right from the outset, the various characters are fated to meet their destiny. The first lie acts as a revelation, a grain of sand which methodically causes the great machine to fail. Despite their strength, their lies, their hesitations and their resistance, the characters hurtle head-long towards the final, terrible resolution.
Screened within the Special Presentations section of the Toronto Film Festival, Inexorable [+leggi anche:
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A filmmaker specialising in flight and errancy, towards the mystical, natural setting of his Ardennes-based trilogy or of Vinyan [+leggi anche:
scheda film], and towards the troubling streets of Los Angeles in Message from the King [+leggi anche:
intervista: Fabrice du Welz
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Inexorable is produced by Frakas Productions, who are getting their new collaboration with the Belgian filmmaker off to a brilliant start. Du Welz is also linking back up with his French producer The Jokers Film, who will also handle distribution in France where the film will be released on 26 January 2022. International sales are entrusted to Playtime, while distribution in Belgium will be steered by O’Brother Distribution.
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