Frédéric Mermoud's second attempt at a full-length narrative (after a TV movie some years back) -- COMPLICES (aka Partners) begins with the shot of a corpse floating face-down in the water. When the police arrive -- including two of the four "partners" of the title -- and the body is made to lie face-up, we get our first real taste of Mermoud (shown below) as a filmmaker. We've seen plenty of corpses on film, most of them bloody, ugly, gory, horrific. This one is somehow different. Oh, it's awful, all right. But it -- he, for this is the body of a young man -- is most striking in the sadness the shot delivers. There is a strong sense of loss here, of waste, of a death that is more than untimely.
Emmanuelle Devos (below, right) and Gilbert Melki (below, left) who are investigating the death, and our young lovers, played equally well by Cyril Descours (two photos above, from Paris je t'aime and the John Adams miniseries) and Nina Meurisse (shown just above).
MyFrenchFilmFestival.com. Further good news: If you don't get the chance to watch Complices before its Saturday finale, IFC Films has picked it up, under the English title Accomplices, for On-Demand release, beginning in April. You can find further information here.