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Don't Look Back

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French director Marina de Van follows her boldly audacious debut In My Skin with the thriller DON'T LOOK BACK, another brave, disturbing plunge into darkness that plays with identity and body doubles a la David Lynch s Mulholland Drive and David Cronenberg s Dead Ringers. Author Jeanne (Sophie Marceau of The World Is Not Enough and Braveheart) has her new novel turned down and then begins to question everything. Was that table really located in that corner? Is this my husband? Is that my child? In a daringly cinematic moment that employs state of the art special effects, the character morphs into an entirely different actress (the luscious Monica Bellucci of The Matrix Reloaded, The Sorcerer s Apprentice, and The Passion Of The Christ,) and embarks on a determined quest to uncover the secret hidden in her past that has undermined her world. DON'T LOOK BACK marks the next stage of a truly unconventional talent.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sophie Marceau, Monica Belluci
  • Directors: Marina de Van
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040QYRT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,641 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Don't Look Back" on IMDb

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Right away, the opening scenes intrigued me because the main character’s identity kept being hidden. For instance, when showering, you can’t see her face but only her body being reflected on shiny tiles. When looking in the mirror, her image is blocked by steam from the shower, etc…

You soon find out it’s because this woman is experiencing an identity crisis. As her true identity slowly unravels in this movie, it's unraveled in a bizarre way. Both her surroundings and the people in it morph before her eyes (with well-done special effects). It's as if she's entered some alternate universe designed to reveal memories she's repressing, but without knowing those memories, they don't make sense.

When it's finally revealed at the end, it may or may not be clear to some people since it’s not totally spelled out. Some might find this annoying, but I found it delightful because enough is revealed to help me understand her story…while still leaving a tiny bit of mystery to keep me guessing.
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This isn't an out and out horror movie. It's more of a psychological thriller, but it's about as scary as anything I've ever seen.

Here's the scoop. Sophie Marceau is an author of biographies and wants to get into writing fiction. Her first book isn't working. It's based on her life but contains only dry details. She can't find the life in it. Now she's beginning to unravel. Things around her aren't looking the same. Her face and body seem to be changing. Her husband doesn't seem to be her husband. Is she going nuts? Clues send her from France to Italy where it begins to come together.

As any number of writers and directors bust their humps to find ways to scare people, this came as a huge surprise. This is far and away the creepiest movie I've ever seen. And there are no jump scares or gore effects. Just a great sense of things not being right. What's happening to her? Is she going nuts? Is she being gas-lighted? Somehow I felt all this was happening to me because it was all so "every day" in its setting. No creepy house or external, malevolent force. Just a person starting to unwind. There is a transformation scene that has got to be one of the most unsettling scenes ever filmed.

Sophie Marceau handles the first half of the film. Monica Bellucci handles the second half. Both do a terrific job. The first half is the set up and, as much as it made my skin crawl, it kept me wondering where this was all going. Then in the second half, when it starts to come together, it's still really creeped me out.

At just over 2 hours this might be a bit long and slow for some viewers but it didn't bother me in the least. And maybe not everything added up at the end but it satisfied me. All I can say is if you like your creep dial turned to eleven, this might be the outing for you.
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I figured this could not lose with two of the prettiest ladies in the industry being led by a known female French writer/director, and when the credits rolled I was surprised by how well made the overall production was.

The story follows a young married mother as she fails at getting her novel published, who then decides to search her missing/amnesia-ridden childhood background to learn about herself. What starts as Sophie's beautiful persona devolves into a different woman entirely, eventually morphing into Monica Bellucci's ageless self. The special effects used for this process create quite a disturbing visual feast of what I hope is never attempted again: taking these two and making them virtually unrecognizable through various scenes. To further describe the plot as it continues (in multiple languages) with intricate emotional scenes and twists would do a disservice.

The production had a high value look to it, with only one or two significant flaws in effects. The acting is well performed and believable and I enjoyed the twists thrown at you as truths are uncovered. Some of the scenes are long and give both actresses a chance to utilize their minimalist skills, but the pacing eventually pays off. Not everything is explained openly, so the critiques of being unfulfilled in certain outlets are understandable, but this is worthy of a watch.

The video clarity is solid as is the 5.1 sound. No special features were included, which made me ding this a star because this DVD needed it; between the amount of effects, filming locations, need for a commentary, etc. Enjoy.
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DON'T LOOK BACK is obviously an invitation to do so and in this case it happens to resolve a deeply sublimated childhood conflict. An added spice is that you don't know the connection between Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci until the end. This movie is a difficult one to watch for lovers of both Marceau and Bellucci but it's a wonderful story (if painful) and obviously benefits from the talent of both leading actors!
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I think this is a very good film. Sure, it's not a big budget movie, but it's not poorly made at all.

It's almost 2 hours long, but it kept me interested the whole time. There was not a single moment when I thought: "Is this ever going to end?" or "This has been done before". The movie develops slowly but there aren't any dry moments or moments that don't add anything to the plot. I think the plot was quite clever without being pretentious. Two different women who may or may not be the same person and who are determined to find out the truth about their real identity. Of course, don't expect a life-changing movie that raises questions or features existentialist messages.

If you have watched Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Unknown Woman" or François Ozon's "Swimming Pool" and liked them, you will definitely like this one as well. It's a whole different plot, but developed in the same way.

Besides, it was refreshing to see a movie where the two leading actresses, while being considered two of the most beautiful women in cinema, played a serious role and there was no need to show them half naked or in unneccesary soft porn scenes, as it seems to be the trend lately in movies.

The movie takes place in Paris and Lecce without making the movie an excuse to show french or italian clichés or picture-perfect scenes. It was also refreshing to see a movie set in Lecce, since a lot of film makers seem to think that Rome, Venice, Tuscany and Sicily are the only places in Italy where a movie should be set.

I am giving this movie 5 stars for being clever, unpretentious and because it focuses on telling a story rather than showing skin and expensive cinematography.
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