Fear and Trembling
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French director Alain Corneau delves into the painfully irrational world of office politics, which are further complicated by a severe case of culture clash in his 2003 comedy, Stupeur et Tremblements (Fear and Trembling). Based on the similarly titled memoirs of author Amélie Nothomb and her employment experiences with a Japanese mega-corporation, Fear and Trembling begins with Amélie (Sylvie Testud) landing in Tokyo shortly after receiving her college education. The young Belgian chose to return to Japan -- where she spent the first five years of her life before her family relocated back to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The best office comedy since Office Space."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film is more ambiguous about its characters' desire than it needs to be."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A clean S&M flick which only devotees of mental cruelty are likely to find satisfying. Office Space, Japanese Style!"
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"A shrewd but spiky satire about corporate bureaucracy and Japanese social stratification."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Moves swiftly and builds to a satisfying conclusion."
‑ Phoebe Flowers, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"One of the screen's most cuttingly funny looks at office life."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The delicacy of the film comes from the fine performances, particularly Kaori Tsuji as Fubuki."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"a bravura performance in a memorable film."
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Cool, incisive, funny but also strangely melancholy...connoisseurs of cinematic elegance should find it a brilliant jewel."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Harrowing and hilarious."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"... subtly sexual and erotic, despite the fact that every scene takes place in the office and there is not a single overt sexual act or word or gesture or reference."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Astutely directed by Alain Corneau."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A mindboggling view into the heart of Japan"
‑ Janos Gereben, culturevulture.net
"Testud, who appears to be fluent in the Japanese language, throws herself into this role and is wickedly funny as she flounders in the perverse environment"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The movie is slight but in a way that makes it the opposite of pushy; it's companionably easy to laugh with."
‑ Alan Dale, Blogcritics.org
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