Never Ever Film Details
Overview: Thomas Murray and Amanda have just moved to Paris. He works for a bank owned by Amanda’s father Arthur Trevane. Amanda decides that she does not like Paris, so she goes back to London. …
Review: There is a lot about this film to like. I liked its intensity. It was a compelling work. I liked enormously how it showcased the beauty of Paris. I liked that it was bilingual. Hearing both French and English being spoken was very pleasing and added a lot of texture to the film. I liked much of the cast. But most of all, what I liked best and what made the biggest impact on me was the presence of Charles Finch himself. He’s a really wonderful actor. I’m disappointed (to put it mildly) to learn that this has turned out to be his only starring role to date. Finch radiates charisma from the screen. Considering that he, from what I have learned, had far and away the least acting experience of any of the others in the cast, he not only held his own but pretty much, in my opinion, charisma-wise wiped out all of the others. In fact, the lack of experience probably worked in his favor. It made the charm less practiced and, therefore, the story felt more real. And it made me, as the viewer, keep wondering, Wow, who is this guy anyway? Although there was a scene at the beginning of the film that was off-putting because it seemed to be such a self-conscious and manipulative attempt at being provocative for provocative’s sake, the story itself then served to get things back on track. Unfortunately, it was also the story, specifically the ending of the script, that finally sabotaged and derailed the film. This same film I had been experiencing as so compelling and enjoying so much. Until it fell apart at the end. At least for me. The story concerns an extramarital affair. Sandrine Bonnaire plays the love interest. Her character is a professional woman in her mid to late thirties. She becomes involved with a married man displaying not even a hint of a troubled conscience at this fact. That would indicate that Bonnaire’s character has participated in this circumstance before. And yet when complications arise, the script has this woman turn into a drama queen. A drama queen with a very strong sense of entitlement. Even before the script turned her character into someone who lacked credibility, Bonnaire did not deliver in this film — at least from my perspective. This was surprising because I’d never before seen Sandrine Bonnaire as anything less than excellent. For example, in Regis Wargnier’s film, East/West, she was superb. She always brings such depth to a part and is captivating to watch. And yet here, she was subpar. Again, only my opinion. Maybe it had something to do with the language barrier. I don’t know. But Bonnaire did not have her usual mojo. Nowhere near it. In contrast, Charles Finch’s acting and presence continued to be very effective throughout the entire film but the sensibility behind the ending of the script (which Charles Finch wrote)left me disaffected, disheartened and rueful. Yeah, he’s a fascinating and charismatic looker but maybe not all that great of a guy in real life was the sentiment I was left with by the end of this film. Finch, as the scriptwriter, attempted to spin his character’s behavior as not only understandable but (gag) admirable and even attempted to sell it as somehow (gasp) noble. Um. Sorry. Not buying it. It ruined the film. And it tainted respect for Charles Finch himself. Fairly or unfairly.
Country: USA, UK
Language: English, French
Duration: 110 min
Also known as: Verhängnisvolle Begegnung,Never Ever,Never Ever: nunca jamás,Amor infiel,Mai més,Никога вече,The Circle of Passion