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Ring Finger, The

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Iris (Olga Kurylenko of QUANTUM OF SOLACE) is twenty years old and works on the assembly line of a fizzy drink factory. One day, she loses the tip of her ring finger in an industrial injury, leading her to quit her job and move to the port city nearby. Wandering the town, Iris comes across a laboratory of a very peculiar kind, where she is engaged as an assistant. Clients come in regularly, bringing with them all sorts of personal belongings they want processed and preserved forever in the laboratory. Without fully grasping what is at play around her, Iris gradually engages in a disturbing love affair with her enigmatic employer.

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  • Actors: Olga Kurylenko, Marc Barbe, Stipe Erceg, Edith Scob
  • Directors: Diane Bertrand
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00276L4TG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ring Finger, The" on IMDb

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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Nes160 on July 16, 2012
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OK, yet another strange French film that implies supposedly deep concepts to the viewer, who unless they are truly savvy, just don't get the point.
This clearly defines the movie `Ring Finger'. A strange couple of days in the life of a poor little french girl who we follow through misadventures and fantasies for a few days.
Kind of like David Lynch lite, if you know what I mean. It is clearly a movie that is supposed to make the viewers sit back and say.. "This is what I think that was all about..."
Sadly though, I didn't see any reviews that attempted that. So, for what it's worth.. here is my interpretation of what this movie is about.

SPOILER ALERT's - and my stab at explaining this movie.

1. Meet Iris (Olga Kurylenko), bored little French girl who hurts finger in boring factory job, goes to nurse and promptly passes out on couch.....
2. Here is the catch... she drifts off to sleep.... And like with Mulholland Drive (David Lynch) .. she has a DREAM!!!
3. Weird dreams, sexual liaisons where her strange controlling new boss, takes advantage in saucy ways.
4. Strange boss gives her shoes, red pumps that she must where at all times. Red pumps symbolizing her visits to this fantasy dream place.
5. Strange customer, warns her shoes are a trap, her feet will get lost.. as in, she will get lost in her fantasy dreams and won't be able to come back.
6. OK, you think I'm wrong?
a. ... notice Iris is falling asleep and waking up a lot in this movie?
b. She got the strange sexy shoes after her stroll past the prostitutes on display... lusting after excitment.
c. Boring life, boring clothes.... in small hotel room, Fancy clothes in strange dream job...
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SInohey TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 26, 2013
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I initially saw this French film (L'Annulaire) in 2005 at the Toronto Film Festival, and was intrigued by the unknown attractive young actress portraying Iris. She was 26 years old Olga Kurylenko, a Ukrainian-born French actress and model; this was her first full-length feature and French director Diane Bertrand's second film. The latter adapted the scenario for the movie from the Japanese novel of Yoko Ogawa.

It is an uncommon melancholic, poignant film about unresolved yearnings and reveries, negative experiences, their physical manifestations, the persistence of memories and preservation. The ambiance and rhythm evoke Japanese mysticism, while the story is set in an unnamed European port city. (It was filmed in Hamburg). The film is geographically and chronologically ambiguous, and seems as if floating in time and space.

The film relies mostly on imagery (the cameraman is also a still photographer), facial expressions and body movements. The dialogue is brief, but the protagonists convey the emotions and meaning of the situation by their masterful acting; a no small feat for first time actress Kurylenko.

The story is deliberately opaque with symbolism, fetishism (red shoes, Iris' dress) metaphors (Mahjong) and a hint of the supernatural (young boy and older women ?ghosts?). Nudity and sexual encounters weaved into the story are artfully erotic but not pruriently pornographic. The haunting soundtrack by Beth Gibbons (Portishead) enhances the ominous atmosphere. The ending is unresolved and open to interpretation, leaving it to the imagination of the viewer.

Fans of David Lynch will recognize the similarity in the complicated obscure tale, with unexplained happenings, replete with allegory, imagery and an enigmatic conclusion.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By P. Korduba on December 11, 2009
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I won't give a synopsis since the external reviews at the IMDb website provide that (see [...]). There is a line in the movie where the Conserver says "You will need a while to understand". I couldn't agree more. After watching this movie and looking for clues within the movie, I still can't tell you what the meaning of the ending is.

The movie is slow paced about young woman named Iris (Olga Kurylenko) who appears to be romance-starved. After losing her job because of an injury, she finds a room at a hotel which she is told she must share with someone who works nights. She asks "With a man?". In another scene she is helped into a ferry by a man with whom she silently flirts as they travel. After the ferry docks, she follows him into a park but loses track of him. Now as a "lost babe in the woods" and at a crossroad, she hears a "magic" flute played by a young boy that entices her to an old boarding house. There she accepts a job with another man who intrigues her. What does he do? He claims his role is to solve personal problems of people that come to him. His work consists of preserving objects for people who really need it and can find the place blindfolded. Later in the movie he says that the objects are not for nostalgic remembering, but for separation and closure. She accepts the job and leaves for the day.

Shortly afterwards, she is seen unwrapping her injured ring finger and looking at it. In the evening, she walks in the red light district and gazes at the ladies for sale in the storefronts. What is she thinking?

In the morning, Iris's first phone call is from a client looking for the previous receptionist in order to ask her to dinner. Iris tells the man that the girl doesn't work here any more and that he shouldn't call again.
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