Page 2 of 4
A sort of a Notorious for the modern day, this movie relies on a plot point that it spends almost no time making credible. If you can suspend your disbelief enough to accept that the two handsome stars can fall in love apropos of nothing, then you’re left with a spy flick with some genuine thrills and clever moments, and a welcome correction to the more action-based entries in the genre. Jean Dujardin (of The Artist) stars as a spy supporting a beautiful mole in Russian billionaire Tim Roth’s shifty organization. As the two fall in love—just, ‘cause—Dujardin attempts to keep his personal involvement secret from the at least three nations with vested interests in the proceedings. Hitchcock could’ve told this story, and director Eric Rochant milks his suspense sequences—many of which involve simple elements, like phones ringings when they are least welcome or conversations that have to mean different things to different people at the same time—with a masterful hand. There’s real old-fashioned pleasure to be had in watching glamorous people in beautiful locations navigate their ways through double-crosses of their countries and triple-crosses of their hearts. Ryan Vlastelica
Screens Saturday and Sunday. More info here.