the successful bet of Ildiko Enyedi according to Le Masque

The story of a couple who crave each other as much as they split each other. He’s a long distance captain, she’s more mysterious than ever. A relationship born of a simple bet at a café, but which sounds like a romantic initiation, where he gets lost in jealousy and doubt as gripping as mysterious.

Léa Seydoux and Gijs Naber in the film “My Wife’s Story” by Ildiko Enyedi © Pyramide Films

The film summarized by Jérôme Garcin

A film by the director of “Body and Soul”, which received the Golden Bear in 2017. A long film of 2h50 with the insatiable Léa Seydoux and the Dutchman Gijs Nabert. It is the adaptation of Milán Füst’s novel that tells the story of a long-distance captain who one day in the 1920s aims to marry the first woman who wants to cross the threshold of the café where he is. This woman is Lizzy (Léa Seydoux), a Parisian whom he will love passionately as much as he does not care about her and she is unfaithful to him.

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Michel Ciment pays tribute to a true “masterpiece!”

The critic of the review “Positif” came out surprised, as the film is based on the very subtle relationship between these two characters, whose personalities remain constantly mysterious:

“A sublime classic film, a masterpiece where everything is constantly hinted at, but where nothing is said. It is a very strong film about the relationship between men and women, without ever being simplified. The director shows this man, this ship’s weakness, captain, who sees his will to control everything, as on his boat, crush in front of this woman.

When he meets her, he thinks he’s going to control her, just as he steers his boat, on which he usually sails all the storms out. Except that there he will possess this mysterious woman who completely escapes him and about whom we know nothing. A wonderful combination between the mystery that this woman exudes and the fact that this man will control everything without power. This woman is reminiscent of “Eyes Wide Shut”.

It’s wonderful because nothing is imposed on us. We are immersed in the mystery of an absolutely sublime period reconstruction, a glittering Paris and a austere, Protestant Hamburg, where the couple is constantly disintegrating.

Sophie Avon welcomes a ‘lavishly’ modest and moving film

The author and journalist at Sud-Ouest was completely won over by a film that she considers modest, full of the unexpected and that goes beyond simple romantic initiation. This relationship is so much the more unpredictable the farther we get, as the filmmaker also leads his viewer by the nose: “It’s a lavish film, of a lavish but modest beauty from start to finish, without any solemnity.

It’s a movie that’s very long, but it’s slipping all the time

It is also a very playful film characterized by the unexpected, which destabilizes us exactly as it destabilizes Jacob. Even when you think you’re on known ground, when you think it’s a movie about the romantic initiation of a man who wants to learn the pain of passion, jealousy, the movie suddenly takes a different direction! This male character is very beautiful, because by wanting to control everything at the same time, he moves, and ready for all the ingenuity that will please his wife. ”

The character is led by the nose, as we, spectators, are too!

Xavier Leherpeur more reserved

The producer of the program “Une Heure en Séries” regrets “a slightly frozen staging and an extremely shaky film, which takes a lot of time to tell this metaphorical fire, this romantic fire”.

Eva Bettan touched by “the grace of doubt, around which the relationship between the two characters is built”

Eva pays homage to the sense of doubt on which the romantic relationship between the two characters is based and which is transposed as a grace that keeps the viewer in suspense until the end of the film.

I find this film wonderful because it is constantly held together by a kind of grace driven by amorous doubt.

It makes room for everything thanks to doubt, worry. Not everything is told to us. Léa Seydoux hides nothing of what she does, and at the same time she says nothing about herself. A magnificent film that provides 1000 possible interpretations of how worry, doubt, what we generally ignore, strengthens love.

The movie

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“My Wife’s Story” by Ildiko Enyedi

By Jerome Garcin

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