Simple Passion

critic Reviews

, 58% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Simple Passion's rather unremarkable story is elevated by Laetitia Dosch's outstanding work in the central role.
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    Katie WalshLos Angeles Times
    "Simple Passion" lets the bodies do the talking, and after a while, they run out of things to say.
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    Katie WalshTribune News Service
    "Simple Passion" lets the bodies do the talking, and after a while, they run out of things to say.
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    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle
    Dosch is remarkable. This is my first time seeing the French-Swiss actress, and now I want to go back now and catch up with everything she's done.
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    Christy LemireRogerEbert.com
    While Dosch's work is ever-changing but always accessible, Polunin never comes close to matching her acting ability, which ultimately leaves Simple Passion lacking.
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    Glenn KennyNew York Times
    While keeping a stalwart female perspective, "Simple Passion" follows an arc so standard it could be called banal.
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    Diego SemereneSlant Magazine
    The film makes no attempt to embody the themes that form the core of Annie Ernaux's story in its aesthetics.
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    Gary M. KramerMovieJawn
    Arbid is practically edging viewers to feel the longing and desire which might stop at any moment; that is what makes this torrid romance so satisfying.
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    Mariona BorrullEl antepenúltimo mohicano
    In Simple Passion the camera draws near...and from there, asks for another type of complicity. A coexistence with the image that doesn't start from the emotional projection... but also resides in the tangible. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Alice BlackhurstAnother Gaze
    The film feels caught between the book's original nineties context and the present day's hyper-mediated and contentious landscape...
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    Graham FullerThe Arts Desk
    It's a shame the tension created by their feverish pas de deux and the torturous aftermath is dissipated by the awful selection of non-diegetic pop songs added to the soundtrack.
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