1 August 2018 | bob998
It must be hard
It must be hard for an actor to work with reduced faculties. I think of Mathieu Amalric in The Butterfly and the Diving Bell, only able to move one eyelid, or John Hurt locked into that deformed body cast in The Elephant Man. But most of all I think of Julie Christie and Michael Murphy carrying on a love affair while suffering from Alzheimer's disease in Away From Her. I think the writers of Cortex must have seen Sarah Polley's film because the lives of the patients here are brought to life with impressive skill. I salute Andre Dussolier, Aurore Clement, Marthe Keller and Anne-Marie Faux (as Claire, the silent one who manages to give the clue to Charles in a painting--a great feat of crime fighting) for making these damaged people engrossing for the viewer.
I was wrapped up in Charles's attempt to solve a crime at the same time as he struggles with a debilitating disease: that's a fine piece of acting. Now if the director had just known how to cut 20 excess minutes out of his final cut, we would have had a really superb film.