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Tonnerre

2013

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  • Well-made, Tonnerre is patiently shot and at times captures tender moments of awkward blooming love. Yet as the doomed romance plot turns into a tale of ugly jealousy, Tonnerre morphs into a problematically sympathetic portrayal of a man-child, never interrogating this character’s self-centered and violent actions... The film felt like a lost opportunity to critically engage with what amounts to white male privilege, asking us to instead commiserate with this balding bro in bad, ironic t-shirts.

  • Guillaume Brac’s debut feature, Tonnerre, shifts into thriller mode about halfway through, and just about pulls it off... Brac controls this tonal shift through an acute eye for landscape and setting, and the film features another calling-card performance by Macaigne, whose hangdog charisma we’ll be seeing a great deal more of.

  • The film starts out as slackerish, tender, and comic—there’s some affable interplay between father and son and the dad’s very expressive dog, and a great goofy impromptu dance that Maxime does to charm Mélodie. And then it turns quite nasty, as we realize that maybe this couple isn’t the perfect match—only Maxime doesn’t see it. A violent turn in his character creates a shift that arguably the drama can’t quite handle but that Macaigne pulls off superbly.

  • This low-key psychodrama (2013) is light on narrative development but rich in observations of character; only gradually does one notice how the musician seems to have inherited many of his psychological issues directly from his father.