The Trilogy: An Amazing Couple | Chicago Reader

The Trilogy: An Amazing Couple

The second entry in Belgian writer-director Lucas Belvaux's 2000 trilogy is a farce. Cecile (Ornella Muti) suspects her husband, Alain (Francois Morel), of fooling around; in fact he's secretly undergoing surgery. When she hires a cop (Gilbert Melki) to tail him, Alain becomes convinced it's Cecile who's having an affair. Some of the misunderstandings that propel the plot are comical, others reveal the characters' fear, anger, and romantic yearning. Belvaux's habit of quoting other films (e.g. an homage to the crop-duster sequence in North by Northwest) gets tiresome, but the escalating faux pas kept me chuckling, and Morel and Muti are both outstanding. In French with subtitles. 100 min.

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