Fucky Film Review!

Monsieur Hire

Posted by Web Manager on December 14, 2008

Patrice Leconte 1989

There are so many good things about this sharp, sensual and highly erotic film that I’m not even going to get into the fact that it came to my attention on my mother’s recommendation. The nuances here are perfect – how M. Hire doesn’t even look up when some kids throw a ball of flour at him from the window above, the glass of wine he drains before going to the door to meet her in person, the Arabic pop music playing in the tattoo parlor, the way her fiance literally climbs over her to escape his fate. Recreational sports were surprisingly prominent: there was a scene in a bowling alley, and a heartbreaking fall on an ice skating rink. There was a crazy focus rack about half way through film, from her, to her mirror, to M. Hire watching her from his window, that I could have done without. I am kind of tired of interesting mirror shots. And I didn’t entirely understand the ending. Why was she cleaning his apartment? And while we’re at it, what’s with the mice?  But the falling tomatoes were brilliant, as was the random man with the classically interesting European face waiting on a crepe in the middle of the night.

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