Nearest To Heaven
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Fanette (Catherine Deneuve, as luminously beautiful and sensuous as she approaches 60 as ever) is an art historian working on a book project for which she must fly to New York to obtain photographs of the subject artist's work. Fanette is successful but has a distance in her emotional makeup that surfaces when she hears from an old friend Bernard (Bernard Le Coq) that her first love Philippe is in town (Paris) for a class reunion. Fanette begins to imagine she sees Philippe in cafes, and in movie houses (especially in a theater where she repeatedly views her favorite film "An Affair to Remember"). Ready to leave for New York she finds a note from Philippe who asks her to meet him at an appointed hour at the Empire State Building (!).
In New York she meets Matt (William Hurt), the photographer assigned to Fanette's task. Matt is wise, attracted to Fanette, and though Fanette is attracted to Matt, she still obsesses about her upcoming reunion with Philippe. Of course, as in the movie, Fanette waits atop the Empire State Building until the appointed hour on the night she is to meet Philippe, and when he of course doesn't appear...well, see the film to appreciate the ending.
On the surface this film is a bit corny and contrived, but in the hands of actors like Deneuve and Hurt the psychological implications of the plot are more profound and even sincerely touching.Read more ›
Catherine Deneuve is not 'approaching 60' in this movie; she is over 63. That's the least of what is wrong here as I would love, as one who is her age to see some realism about women in their sixties, born in the early 40's. 1943 to be precise.
This is one of the last three Deneuve movies, and I've seen them all, where she is what's wrong, rather than what is right with the film.
She is overweight yet always moves as if highly unconfortable about it. She had a horrid face lift, can't imagine why, and her lips curl into a snarl that is when you are allowed to see her face, a face I have always loved. In "Nearest to Heaven" she is most often filmed from behind or in a blurry light and I, her age, felt her immense discomfort throughout.
Even worse is the total absence of chemistry with William Hurt, none. And that's the core of the story, CHEMISTRY. Even worse than all the above is the way this story does not move, does not make any sense, and is the type of film suited to a 23 year old love lorn and miserable girl rather than a woman in her sixties without any, not one whit, of maturity. Deneuve plays a girl whose unattractive and boy crazy.
I have adored Catherine Deneuve's films from "Belle de Jour" all the way through "Indochine" and the wonderful if sad "Dancer in the Dark." I don't have any idea why she chose radical face lifts that completely ruins her looks, and even more: her expessions. But for sure, this make over has ruined her ability and agility with acting. Tragique mais vrai.
What I totally do not get are the below reviews. They misled me into buying this most uncomfortable film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this movie a lot. Catherine Deneuve is beautiful, as always. She was very convincing as a nervous romantic about to meet her long lost love. Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by EG
I must say that I agree with everything readernyc said about this film (facelift comments aside)! As a truly devout Deneuve fan, I was thoroughly disappointed with the slow,... Read morePublished on March 11, 2009 by N. J. Smith
Nearest To Heaven is an excellent Deneuve movie. You can see her range of acting skills which has made her famous for so many years.Published on January 3, 2007 by Llew