L’Amour Et Les Forêts

Blanche believes she has found the love of her life with Greg, but he turns out to be a possessive and manipulative sneak. French drama about a toxic relationship starring Virginie Éfira and Melvil Poupaud.

Please note that this film is in French, with Dutch subtitles.
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Rose takes her twin sister Blanche – both played by Efira – to a party. Blanche reluctantly goes along, but still falls for the advances of Grégoire, an attractive banker. A passionate bond immediately develops between the two of them and after only a few dates, Grégoire introduces her to strangers as ‘his wife’. A pregnancy, a marriage and a move – against the wishes of her sister and their mother – follow in quick succession.

The first sign that something is not right comes shortly after their move. By chance, Blanche discovers that Grégoire has lied to her: he has not been transferred; he asked for it himself. But she ignores this warning. Gradually, however, Grégoire shows himself more and more from a different side. He isolates his wife – from friends, family, even the children. Blanche becomes the victim of endless harassment and cruelty. But then, in a moment of defiance, she connects with a stranger on a dating app. The affair is liberating, but it comes at a high price.

In her adaptation (in collaboration with Audrey Diwan) of Éric Reinhardt's bestseller of the same name, the French filmmaker gets to the heart of a problem that is, sadly, all too common: the gradual control exerted over a woman who only dreams of love, by a manipulative husband who very gradually weaves a spider’s web from which it is extremely difficult to escape. Both lead actors were nominated for a César; the film was awarded the César for best adapted screenplay. (bw)

Valérie Donzelli, France, 2023, 105 min. French spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Virginie Efira, Melvil Poupaud, Dominique Reymond, Romane Bohringer, Virginie Ledoyen.