Three Worlds (English Subtitled) 2013 NR

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An engaged young car salesman with a bright future commits a hit & run, but must face his own guilt when he begins an affair with a witness who has befriended the victim's wife. In French w/ English subtitles. Official Selection - Cannes FF.

Raphaël Personnaz, Clotilde Hesme
1 hour 41 minutes

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Three Worlds (English Subtitled)

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Genres Drama, International
Director Catherine Corsini
Starring Raphaël Personnaz, Clotilde Hesme
Supporting actors Arta Dobroshi, Reda Kateb, Alban Aumard, Adèle Haenel, Jean-Pierre Malo, Laurent Capelluto, Radivoje Bukvic, Virgil Aioanei, Dorin Andone, Martine Vandeville, Catherine Davenier, Noémie Dujardin, Laurence Roy, Chantal Trichet, Philippe Hérisson, Dominique Parent, Mounir Margoum, Pascale Mariani
Studio Film Movement
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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He sees something that shocks him, but he cannot let on.
Martin A Hogan
The stricken man is a married, undocumented worker from Moldavia and his wife has no financial means with which she can cope.
Charles Ashbacher
It is a poignant moment that allows the rest of the film's themes to gel.
Grady Harp

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THREE WORLDS is a stunningly dramatic film directed by Catherine Corsini who co-wrote the story and screenplay with BenoÓt Graffin in collaboration with Antoine Jaccoud and Lise Macheboeuf - a film that approaches several poignant subjects that all weave together to make this a study in human responsibility from birth to death. The acting is extraordinary, the pacing exactly on mark, the cinematography by Claire Mathon enhances the themes, the subtle musical score by Grégoire Hetzel underlines the tension, and the lessons it presents and drives home make is one of the more important social statements before the public today. And additional credit should be given to Film Movement for bringing it to our attention.

Al (the very fine RaphaŽl Personnaz) is an attractive young man who has risen from the lower stratum of French society to become the co-owner of an automobile firm owned by the shifty but wealthy Testard (Jean-Pierre Malo) and is due to be married to the Testard's daughter Marion (Adèle Haenel) in 10 days. Out celebrating one evening with his friends and fellow workers Franck (Reda Kateb) and Martin (Alban Aumard) Al is the perpetrator of a hit and run accident, critically injuring a Moldavian pedestrian, a scene that is witnessed by the pregnant Juliette (Clotilde Hesme), a woman struggling with her own problems of relationship with the baby's philosophy professor father Frédéric (Laurent Capelluto) who calls 911 to the scene. Al is terrified of his actions, but is convinced by his friends to ignore the situation: after all, the victim is merely an illegal immigrant. Juliette is wrought with empathy, discovers the victim's name, meets the victim's wife Vera (Arta Dobroshi) and the two women bond.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 15, 2013
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Al is a man who has worked his way up from the bottom of a Paris auto garage. The boss likes him so much that he is giving him a 25% stake in the company, making him the manager and all this when he marries the boss's daughter. So everything is coming up roses. Then on a night out with two colleagues and alleged friends, he hits a pedestrian, and fearful of the consequences he drives off.

The accident is observed by a woman Juliette (Clotilde Hesme - `Mysteries of Lisbon') and she goes to help. Being the caring sort she goes to the Hospital and helps trace the victim's wife Vera (Arta Dobroshi - `The Silence of Lorna'). But Al also has a conscience and realises he must find out how the man is doing. At the hospital he runs into Juliette and she recognises him. Meanwhile Vera's husband is deteriorating as his hospital bills mount; as he is an illegal or `clandestine' immigrant from Moldova he is therefore not entitled to free healthcare. But as Juliette gets more involved, things become increasingly complicated and the line between what is right and wrong extremely blurred all leading her and those involved to be forced to make life changing decisions.

This is one of those films that tackles some unpleasant truths especially around economic migration, which happens the World over. Director Catherine Corsini has used an imagined scenario to look at the human psyche in order to unpick legal rights from moral obligations and has done so in an extremely well made film. There are some things that I thought were a bit of a push, like Al having all his eggs in one basket with regards to his job, marriage, home and car all wrapped up in the hands of his boss/Father in law, but that is not unheard of.
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The French drama "Three Worlds" has all the makings of a searing and unforgettable morality play. I was utterly fascinated by the situation it set up, the crisis in which it thrust its characters, and the weighty decisions each had to wrestle with. Despite my genuine enthusiasm about the concept, though, I feel like a lot of potential material was left unexplored. Though I liked the actors and thought the performances accomplished, the film maintains a chilly demeanor throughout which kept me emotionally distant. As much as I wanted to connect wholeheartedly with the moral quandaries that face the central characters, the movie's screenplay never invites a particular closeness. And in the end, several significant plot threads are left dangling in the wind. While this may sound like I actively dislike Catherine Corsini's film, nothing could be further from the truth. I liked it a great deal. I just think that it had the potential to be a devastating contemplation of guilt and responsibility in the modern era. Laid naked and bare, the film should have resonated deeper. As is, the resultant film instead plays out like an upscale soap opera as opposed to something much more significant and impactful.

The movie basically looks at one tragic accident from the perspective of the three people that are irrevocably linked to it. After a night of hard drinking, a young man has a hit-and-run encounter with an illegal immigrant. Unbeknownst to him, he was witnessed by a nearby resident. The rest of the story will bring the culprit, the victim's wife, and the principle witness into and out of each other's lives. The young man (RaphaŽl Personnaz) seemingly had everything with a impending wedding and a great new promotion.
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