Dominique Blanc (below) is a special actress. Her looks, as she ages, grow more interesting, and her abilities, fine from the start, have strengthened and diversified over the years -- from May Fools and Indochine to Stand-by, Poison Friends and the Belvaux Triology. Now in her early 50s, Blanc has already made 63 film and TV appearances. Her latest to reach these shores, THE OTHER ONE (L'Autre), may strike you as a very French take on Fatal Attraction, in which the loony gal philosophizes a lot -- in addition to wreaking a little havoc (mostly on herself, as it turns out).
No distributor has as yet stepped up, and I suspect seats may still be available for The Other One, which screens at the Walter Reade on Wednesday, March 11, at 9 and Sunday, March 15, at 5:30, and at the IFC Center on Tuesday, March 10, at 7.
Verheyde allows Stella to narrate a good deal of her own story, and the voice we hear, as well as the words she speaks, seem unusually on-target: correct for the age range, assured in their ability to express a young girl's feelings, questions and pain, but never wise beyond her years nor able to understand the adult world any better than might someone of her age and circumstance. Watching Stella negotiate her life -- family, friends, school -- becomes the kind of privilege we don't encounter often enough in our films.