Just a Sigh
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In JUST A SIGH, actress Alix (Emmanuelle Devos) meets a mysterious Irishman (Gabriel Byrne) on the train to Paris, where she is headed for an audition. Immediately drawn to him from this chance encounter, she follows him, and falls in love with him, before facing what could be a new life.(c) Distrib Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Devos manages to keep it afloat in the second half as the actress peels away for her own adventure and writer-director Jérôme Bonnell develops a subplot that will force the lovers to part for good."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A bracingly romantic drama that's alive with a mature sense of passion and mystery."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"The scenes with Devos and Byrne strive for some emotional relevance, but "Just a Sigh" keeps derailing on all the trivial things Alix gets up to."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Watching Devos slip in and out of Alix's various "characters" is one of the major pleasures of an otherwise modestly enjoyable film."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"If it weren't for Devos, I'd happily translate the title of this one to "Just a Slog," as getting through it was an endurance test from the forty minute mark onward."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
""Just a Sigh" lives up to its name. It disappears without a trace."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"You may complain that "Just a Sigh" is too episodic to cohere and that Alix's eccentricities are plot mechanisms. But to me, this fateful day-in-the-life feels believable."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"As a short, this material would be magnetic, but stretched to feature-length, it's merely "Just a Sigh.""
‑ Gabe Toro, The Playlist
"French cinema has built many a masterpiece on the foundation of what may, on the surface, just seem like women wandering around. Sadly, 'Just A Sigh' is no 'Cleo From 5 To 7' or 'The Green Ray'."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, The Dissolve
"When Bonnell allows his two magnificent leads to work at the sparse dialogue, he invokes a powerful, elemental sense of frank, sexual discussion and high-end flirtation, imbuing the relationships with a maturity that's loathsomely rare in films today."
‑ Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine
""Just a Sigh" charms, with its scenes of street musicians, philosophical debates and headstrong romance, as much as it poses dilemmas of fate and desire."
‑ Marci Schmitt, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The interiors of our likeable lovers have not been furnished substantially enough to suggest real lives beyond the hotel walls."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"Sigh doesn't capture the senses in a compelling manner, but its elusiveness is actually effective, requiring an audience willing to give up on reason to take on the mysteries of attraction."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"We see a drum marching band plying there art for everyone's pleasure, a group of street singers entertain the bystanders and a street band gives a cool performance. But these are brief asides to the predominant (and stunningly dull) story."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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