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A Girl Cut in Two(La Fille coupée en deux)

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France, Germany · 2007
1h 55m
Director Claude Chabrol
Starring Ludivine Sagnier, Benoît Magimel, François Berléand, Mathilda May
Genre Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Gabrielle Deniege is an ambitious TV weather reporter caught between the love of an older celebrated author and a younger heir to a pharmaceutical fortune. Tensions heighten when she realizes their shared past, and she finds it increasingly difficult to navigate the different demands of both men, becoming increasingly dark amidst their already glaring flaws.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

Its impact is weakened by a limp ending and a sense that it all adds up to rather less than the sum of its parts.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

Arguably, A Girl Cut in Two is more fun around the edges, as an assemblage of bizarre supporting characters and throwaway comic bits, than it is down the middle, as a classic French morality tale.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

A Girl Cut in Two is a spry piece of work. Chabrol uses this sinister clown show as a means to puncture the media world's hot-air balloons--as well as to highlight the hypocrisies of his favorite target, the haute bourgeoisie.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Claude Chabrol's capacity to make shopworn material seem almost new is especially evident in this 2007 drama, which he cowrote with his stepdaughter, Cecile Maistre.


Variety by Lisa Nesselson

While not a classic, this is a pleasantly disturbing, nominally voyeuristic romp in the territory Chabrol knows best.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Chabrol develops the inevitable confrontation between the two men like a car wreck in slow motion, and getting there takes a little more work than it should; the film takes the form of a thriller, but it doesn't have the pace of one.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Chabrol, who is often called the French Hitchcock because of his intricate thrillers, is approaching the big 8-0, yet he continues to do quality work, as shown by A Girl Cut in Two.

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