Review #Venezia74: Espèces Menacées

Espèces Menacées (Endangered Species) is a French and Belgian production directed by Gilles Bourdos, and it’s a drama. The film stars actors like Damien Chapelle, Pauline Etienne, Suzanne Clément (in Mommy) and Alice Isaaz.

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The plot is twisted and complicated by many intrigues between couples and families. There are four lives that develop on their own until they start to intertwine one another. The first couple we see is a young, just married one, Josephine and Tomas. From the beginning we understand that their relationship is not full of love and caresses, but instead it will be a relationship of domestic violence and fear.

The second couple that we see is a divorcing one and the man will move out from the house into a flat next to Josephine’s house. The man’s daughter is getting married with a 63-year-old professor, who is also the professor of another character of the story. This student has a crazy mother, who we see after she burnt down his father’s car. The last couple that we see is Josephine’s family, one year after she got married. All these people just keep bumping into each other, creating a twisted plot characterized by drama, problems, violence, hate, misunderstandings and confusion.

Espèces Menacées is the portrait of the complexity of emotions, families and human nature. Throughout the film, one can find himself stuck in the spider web that connects people, even just for a second – like the ex wife of the man living next door to Josephine and Tomas. Useless saying that it will have a happy ending, or, better say, the main problem of Josephine’s life will be canceled, and she can live a happier life.

The director is very careful with close-ups and the colour pattern of the scenes. Every place has a colour that indicates the emotions related to that situation. The complexity and drama of this film will keep your eyes fixed on the screen, waiting for the next step in all the action, that, despite the violence, is not fast and confusing, but it remains natural, giving it even more pathos.

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