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Francis (André Dussollier) is a successful crime writer who moves to Venice to work on his next novel. When he meets model-turned-real-estate-agent Judith (Carole Bouquet), he is instantly infatuated. Francis and Judith eventually marry and move to a remote house on Torcello Island but Francis' newfound happiness hinders his writing. Obsessing over what Judith does while at work, he hires a young ex-convict to investigate. As Judith's sexual past is revealed both men become increasing fixated on the mysterious woman. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Venice, Unforgivable examines… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An exquisitely crafted, brilliant, confusing, disordered, maddening, and wonderfully flawed film that tries to show life as it is lived."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"What makes the film involving is that it doesn't depend on the mechanical resolution of the plot, but on the close observation of its effects on these distinctive characters."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Francis's fluster-as evinced by Dussollier and nurtured by Téchiné-makes for a pleasure both subtle and mildly sadistic."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"Flat and a bit stale, like the characters. Not one of Téchiné's finest."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The multi-layer cake story has one or three too many."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It creates the lived-in sense of being in the world of the characters."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"[Unforgivable] sets out as an account of unusual lives, finishes as a portrait of a society -- one that lives between the conventional and the openly low."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Techine's latest is rich in emotional intrigue"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Unforgivable is a bit too relaxed to function as a thriller. Though admirably unpredictable, its plot is also spread thin among these fickle lovers."
‑ A.A. Dowd, Time Out Chicago
"...a roundelay of obstinacy and desire, where lives are lived on their own terms, fiercely."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"Bouquet and the waterways of Venice are the chief charms of Téchiné's movie, which is otherwise one of his less convincing efforts."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"It's clearly the work of a master storyteller, conveying a rich, novelistic sense of character and a poetic feeling for the passing of time."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Though the movie lasts a reasonably brief 107 minutes, Téchiné is in no hurry to reveal his characters. We're still learning about them in the last few scenes, and our loyalties and attractions change."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"The pervasive morbidity of Venice holds the narrative together, and a melancholy that companionship, parenthood, and art can't console."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"In "Unforgivable," Téchiné keeps throwing out teasing ideas, but he never makes good on any of them."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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