CAST: MATHIEU AMALRIC, LÉA DRUCKER, STÉPHANIE CLÉAU, LAURENT POITRENAUX, SERGE BOZON
After many false starts, the acclaimed novel The Blue Room by the Belgian writer, Georges Simenon, has finally been successfully adapted for the big screen by Mathieu Amalric. The renowned actor-turned-auteur shares screenwriting credits with one of the film’s stars, Stéphanie Cléau, and the film remains faithful to the novel’s tale of an illicit liaison between family man, Julien (Mathieu Amalric) and a pharmacist’s wife, Delphine (Léa Drucker).
The unvoiced answer to Delphine’s question to Julien, ‘“If I were suddenly free, could you free yourself too?” imbues this taut, claustrophobic thriller with a pervasive sense of foreboding. The intimate tale shifts from the sensual moments in a hotel to life beyond the blue room, and a crime that will trigger the collapse of the walls separating Julien’s two lives. Will he survive unscathed?
Amalric has cleverly blended stellar performances, a deft, non-linear narrative, a superb score by Grégoire Hetzel and masterful suspense to deliver a truly original and unforgettable film.
PLEASE NOTE: Film screened in French with English subtitles