Alice et Martin (Alice and Martin)
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In this romantic French drama, auteur Andre Techine offers an intense, intimate look inside the complex relationship between two emotionally dysfunctional people. Neither Alice (Juliette Binoche) nor Martin (Alexis Loret) seem emotionally healthy enough to sustain a relationship, but somehow they manage to stay together amidst their many personal problems. The two met in Paris, where Martin fled after escaping the oppression of his recently deceased tyrannical father. Once in the City of Light, the depressed Martin attempts suicide and later accepts an offer to stay with his half-brother… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An involving love story between two emotionally damaged outsiders."
‑ Jonathan Holland, Variety
"For all the increasing sophistication of Téchiné's technique, the emotions he deals with are basic, and all the more powerful for it."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Binoche and newcomer Loret give committed performances, but Alice and Martin's romance is never completely convincing."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"An excellent cast goes far to redeem >Alice and Martin."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"Its mystery resonates long after the film ends."
‑ Gary Mairs,
"The sheer neurotic intensity of Techine's characters -- characteristically stretching both backward and forward in time, as in a Faulkner novel--holds one throughout, as does Techine's masterful direction and many of the other performances."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Techine keeps a tight rein on his actors' dramatics."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"This staid, somber film is heartening proof that what doesn't kill us might indeed make us stronger."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Binoche's character is sketchily drawn. Although she gives an admirable, unshowy performance, her role is underwritten, with the script frequently using her as the engine that propels the plot."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Falls just shy of greatness."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"Alice and Martin is not to be missed, particularly in this endless lull of summer."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Alice et Martin has its faults, but there's some real meat here, in the performances and direction."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"Andre Téchiné extracts superb performances and finds drama in the everyday moments of human interaction."
‑ , Film4
"The movie is long, but doesn't feel that way, and despite a dearth of interesting visuals after the first 20 minutes, it makes for a welcome change of pace from Hollywood"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Director André Téchiné here eschews that French lightness and opts instead for what is apparently supposed to pass for psychological profundity."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
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