Private Madness | Chicago Reader

Private Madness

In Joachim Lafosse's 2004 Belgian feature, based on Euripides' Medea, a wife tries to break up with her husband, who refuses to go away, saying he still loves her and their young son. A live-in boyfriend complicates the picture, as does the son's love for both men—he turns down his father's proposal to “hunt” for the boyfriend. Kris Cuppens is extraordinary as the father, seething with rage as he gradually loses his grip on reality, and the intensity of all the performances is magnified by the handheld camera. Swerving about in close-up, it connects the characters in rapid pans that capture both the emotional volatility of their confrontations and the hard-to-dissolve bonds of a family. In French with subtitles. 67 min. Shot in DV and transferred to 35-millimeter.

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