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Boris Without Beatrice(Boris sans Béatrice)

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Canada · 2016
1h 33m
Director Denis Côté
Starring James Hyndman, Simone-Elise Girard, Denis Lavant, Isolda Dychauk
Genre Drama

Desperate to escape his bedridden wife's mysterious depression, Boris begins a relationship with a colleague, Helga, and grows close to Klara, a young woman who works as a maid.

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The New York Times by Ben Kenigsberg

Denis Côté’s Boris Without Beatrice appears to have something to say about the hubris of the modern business tycoon, but it never coalesces into more than a self-amused goof.


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

The film offers an oxymoronic parable that’s been utilized countless times by cinema, in loose reiterations of A Christmas Carol: The protagonist must learn humility after learning that the world revolves around him.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

This is a laborious film that dulls the human drama at its core. Rather than pulling you into the protagonist's gradual acquaintance with his unfamiliar conscience, it shuts you out, leaving you bored and indifferent.


The Film Stage by Giovanni Marchini Camia

Much like the film’s clinical cinematography, which is dominated by consistently striking yet lifeless tableaux, Côté’s theorem is closed in on itself, failing to produce interesting results.


Variety by Guy Lodge

A brittle, no-joke comedy of unchecked privilege that maintains the tone of social satire without ever alighting on a specific target.

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