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Courted (L'hermine)


Courted (L'hermine)

cast: Fabrice Luchini, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Eva Lallier

year: 2015

colour: yes

certificate: 12A

director: Christian Vincent

runtime: 98

Michel Racine (Fabrice Lucchini) is a feared High Court judge. Very anti-social, he spends most of his time alone. A new trial opens, the jury members are called. Among them, Ditte (Sidse Babett Knudsen), an old acquaintance he hasn’t seen for years. During the trial, cadenced by the court hearings, they meet again. 


17/09/2016 - writers_reign said :

Rightly or wrongly I tend to link Fabrice Luchini with Louis Jouvet on the grounds that both are/were 'men of the theatre' who also happened to appear in several excellent films. Jouvet was adamant that his first love was the stage and gave the impression that he merely dabbled in cinema in order to fund his theatre company yet nevertheless he contrived to work with the likes of Carne, Duvivier, Clouzot, Feyder etc in films like Drole de Drame, Hotel du Nord, La Fin du jour, La Kermesse Heroique; in short, from a total of only 33 films his strike rate was phenomenal. Luchini has already clocked up more than twice that amount of celluloid and a good dozen or so nominations but he tends to concentrate on 'worthy' films rather than obvious 'classics'. I was fortunate enough to catch L'Hermine in Paris last year and I will watch it again when it plays Cine Lumiere. Luchini gives a Master Class in nuanced acting beginning as a cold, unemotional, person and thawing almost one degree at a time when he encounters by chance a woman he once knew well. There's not much more to it - apart from the father appearing before Judge Luchini after kicking his child to death - but Luchini invests it with much more gravitas than it aspires to.


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