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Released May 14, 2004 1h 35m Drama List
70% Tomatometer 44 Reviews 60% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A Parisian art student (Isild Le Besco) goes on the run with her new lover (Ouassini Embarek) after he robs a bank with an accomplice (Nicolas Duvauchelle). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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A mesmerizing performance by ingenue Isild Le Besco makes this stylish French drama a taut, compelling escapade.

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Kent Jones Film Comment Magazine Benoît Jacquot's À tout de suite, a concentrated, carefully understated look at teenage confusion, is the director's best film since Pas de scandale, and it provides a perfect illustration of "small" film virtues. Apr 11, 2018 Full Review J. R. Jones Chicago Reader Shot in wide-screen, low-grain black and white, this sleek suspense narrative quietly unpacks the delusions and emotional hunger of its upper-class heroine. Jan 26, 2010 Full Review Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle Rated: 4/5 Sep 26, 2005 Full Review Doris Toumarkine Film Journal International Should deliver to that core of filmgoers who respond to anything French, edgy, well-reviewed and well-done. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Stylish but pointless and bland romantic thriller. Rated: C Feb 28, 2007 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Despite the film's infectious style and the powerful charisma of its leading performers, it doesn't really catch fire. Rated: 2.5/4 May 26, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member A little movie about a bunch of young people involved into robberies. The story is nicely done but the cast insn't entirely convincing.... can do better. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Kind of pointless. Just drifted around pretentiously with nothing profound to say. Which describes most French films I guess, except in this one nobody randomly commits suicide at the end. Only positive thing about the movie is Isild Le Besco, though her acting is poor... Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member (***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Interesting and well-acted. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Oppressively French. Old-school French. Boring comatose French. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member It's sad when young adults make terrible mistakes for romantic reasons that changes their lives. As a 19-year-old woman, Isild Le Besco actually looks older and is not quite the gorgeous "knockout" to get viewers glued to the screen. I kept on seeing a young Sissy Spacek as ideal in this role. Also, Ouassini Embarek as the criminal "Romeo" is too bland--you don't really care if he gets caught. The supporting characters in the background are much more interesting. I loved the travelogue scenes in Morocco and Athens. Although they really don't lend to the theme of a teenager growing up since the same realizations could be found in Paris. The black-and-white photography is exquisite and makes me nostagic for some of those 50s melodramas. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Starts out and mostly finishes as a typical French disaffectation piece - a bored young woman with a well-off family runs away to find herself - but creates an interesting subversion by making her self-discovery really suck. Running away with her fugitive boyfriend initially seems like it'll be a grand adventure, but things go very quickly sour and the experience presents very few positive aspects for our poor nameless heroine. The narrative is pretty interesting, but its delivery feels stilted and ineffective. There's only so many times characters can refuse to introduce themselves or pause for half-minutes at a time before you realize the movie is mostly hot air. Things in Right Now feel organic in that "life imitates art" way, and the little glimpses we get at the main character before her escape indicate that she's a dissatisfied romantic who WOULD follow some sparkly bit of false hope out of a safe existence; unfortunately, the careful crafting of the situation is betrayed by the movie's peculiar interactions. Isild Le Besco is a different leading lady, peculiar-looking and not super expressive. I constantly felt that she wasn't quite right as I watched the movie, and perhaps it was the movie's intention that it never really let me into how she was feeling or what she was thinking, but I would have preferred a slightly less obtuse actress. Her lack of emotional signposting makes some of the sexual scenes especially bizarre. Pretty interesting, well worth the time, but you're better off watching Breathless. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A Parisian art student (Isild Le Besco) goes on the run with her new lover (Ouassini Embarek) after he robs a bank with an accomplice (Nicolas Duvauchelle).
Director
Benoît Jacquot
Producer
Georges Benayoun, Raoul Saada
Screenwriter
Benoît Jacquot
Genre
Drama
Original Language
French (Canada)
Release Date (Theaters)
May 14, 2004, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 18, 2010
Box Office (Gross USA)
$247.6K
Runtime
1h 35m
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