Torn between his wife (Emmanuelle Devos) and his young girlfriend (Ludivine Sagnier), and with his communist political beliefs battered by the winds of history, journalist Bruno (Daniel Auteuil) has lost his way in the world. After responding to a call for help from his uncle, who is fighting a losing battle for re-election as the mayor of a small town near Grenoble, Bruno gets lost driving through a dark forest. Seeking help he encounters the icily enigmatic Beatrice (Kristin Scott Thomas) and soon Bruno's tangled life becomes even more complex.
Clichéd and dull
- Small Cuts review by CP Customer
Maybe 'Petites Coupures' loses something in translation, perhaps it's just cultural differences, but to be honest I just didn't get it. The plot revolves around a middle aged man who within the space of two days, splits up with his teenage mistress, is left by his wife, attempts to seduce an unstable woman who is having an affair with her own father, and when rejected by her then goes on to seduce the wife of another man. It all seemed a bit pointless, dull, incredibly clichéd, full of pretentious dialogue and smothered in an over the top orchestral soundtrack. Not something I wouldn't be in a hurry to watch again.