4 June 2011 | stuka24
Fine odd mystery based on a novel by Henry James.
Dominique Blanc and Dominique Reymond shine in this TV movie set in a beautiful if a bit derelict palace in a forlorn island, that everybody covets. The major, nosy antiques dealer Lagoff (Denis Podalydès!, as always), each of the two cousins, even the orphanage and charities probably. The classical score accompanies the plot nicely. Don't expect a tight plot where everything comes into place like in, say, an Agatha Christie movie. This is H. James, so expect ambiguity, a lonesome phantom popping up and beaming specially to Susanne, Tarot cards, troubles ensuing when two people that have never met before are forced to share an inheritance for not loosing it, and a bunch of looney situations that make this film a nice watch. My favourite character is the gardener, grouchy as a Parisian janitor, loves to gossip as any man who works alone most of the time.