Benoît Jacquot / F-D-B, 2014
French version / Czech subtitles, 106 min
The story starts simply enough: a man misses his train in a small provincial town and needs to find a hotel. He meets a woman in a bar and asks her for help — and to take a walk with her. Romance seems inevitable, but a missed assignation in Paris sends the would-be lovers on their separate ways despite the clearly special connection between them. Marc returns to his life in the tax office, Sylvie moves to the States. Then, one day, Marc meets Sophie. They are soon deeply in love, living together, and planning to marry. The hitch: unbeknownst to our hero, Sylvie and Sophie are sisters, and very close ones at that. Jacquot lets us in on the secret upfront, leaving the bewildered Marc to twist in the wind. The tension only builds once things are revealed, resulting in some explosive moments and a lingering uncertainty as to where things will end up. Jacquot meticulously observes all of the foibles of his various characters, almost taunting us to decide what is morally correct in a situation like this.