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The Ring Finger

2005 1h 50m Drama List
Reviews 58% Audience Score 500+ Ratings After finding a job in a preservation lab, a woman gradually enters a troubled and complicated relationship with her boss. Read More Read Less

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Erik Childress eFilmCritic.com Has both an eccentric sensibility and, ultimately, a spiritual quality that should have audiences debating the final scene for hours. Rated: 3/4 Jul 5, 2006 Full Review Josh Bell Las Vegas Weekly Bertrand doesn't offer any easy answers, but she creates an incredibly effective sense of both dread and excitement. Rated: 3.5/5 Jun 23, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Pointless and pretentious, though definitely erotic at times. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Olga Kurylenko was perfect in the role of Iris. This movie shows the need to move on with life we shouldn't get attached to the past, specially to bad moments. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Calm and erotic, restrained and odd, it's almost as if we don't know much of the truth of these characters and that is part of what makes it interesting. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The French film "L'Annulaire," which translates to "The Ring Finger" is about a young woman in a lemonade factory who loses the tip of her finger in an accident at work and then leaves the job and starts working for a laboratory where people have "specimens" preserved. First of all I think this film should be called "The Red Shoes," because I thought it is mainly about the shoes that are given to the woman by her boss at the laboratory. Not to go in too much of the story, I either did not understand it or I thought there were too many plot holes. There are a number of characters such as the two old women and the boy that were simply flat, it felt like they were just added to make the film creepy, rather than having genuine reasons. This includes the boss of the young woman, who is trying to be weird but isn't. I just found it a bit silly. I was not asking for this film to explain and I have watched films where directors do not explain, but "L'Annulaire" fails to "connect" the events for me. Of course there are some positives, such as a minor love story involving the woman and a man who she shares a hotel room with, however both are never in the room at the same time. But, overall it just didn't work for me. Not an important film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Don't watch it if you don't like movies that have loose ends. It does allegedly feature a Beth Gibbons soundtrack. The movie is based on a novel by Yoko Ogawa, but I can't find any plot write-up of the novel. In the film, a sailor love interest is added. He figures in because Iris has gone to an inn to look for a room and is told the only possibility is to room share with the sailor who works nights. Thus they both fantasise about each other by secretly looking through their belongings when they are in the room. Finally however, Iris has commenced having sex with the conservator, and when the sailor writes a note to ask to meet her, she sees him in a bar with a blonde wrapped around him (he later tells her to go away) so Iris goes back to the inn without having met him. He returns shortly and sees Iris going inside and then on the balcony but she gives him a clear sign by shutting the balcony window. One of her conservation clients is a shoe polisher, so she goes to meet him after he tells her to take off the shoes that the conservator gave him, otherwise she will not be able to leave. She confesses she doesn't know if she loves him, but feels she should stay with him. At some point, Iris's ringfinger grows back (!!) and it seems that while she is not exactly enamoured of the conservator, it is like she doesn't have anything else to do with her life, so she writes out a conservation card with her name and the item as her ring finger, and then knocks and enters the laboratory, which she was previously forbidden to go to. End of movie. If you like non plot oriented moody films with a lot of facial expression close ups, this one is for you. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Reasonably interesting, especially as the intrigue is built gradually through the movie. Ultimately it drags and drifts though, making it disappointing. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After finding a job in a preservation lab, a woman gradually enters a troubled and complicated relationship with her boss.
Director
Diane Bertrand
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 25, 2018
Runtime
1h 50m
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