Cert: TBC Runtime: 107 mins Director: Thierry de Peretti Cast: Jean Michelangeli, Jean-Etienne Brat, Dominique Colombani and Paul Garatte
During the festival the premise of A Violent Life grabbbed my attention. The riots in Corsica had never crossed my path before. It seemed like a good film to watch while I was at the festival. What is it all about then? Despite the death threat hanging over his head, Stephen (Cederic Appietto) decides to return to Corsica to attend the funeral of his friend who was murdered. Stephen reminisces about the event that led him from being a student to small crime and a radical in an underground movement. See it sounds interesting right? Well it wasn’t! We were told that the film had only been completed a few days before the screening. In all honesty it did seem like it had a lot of pacing issues and it didn’t flow as well as you wanted it too. With a few genres in the film it couldn’t really decide what it was. Some times it was a crime story, then a political story then a drama it was all over the shop. The other issues laid in the casting of Jean Michelangeli, he just wasn’t a leading man at all. He didn’t have the drive nor flare to carry this film. It did require a strong lead and it wasn’t him. The characters didn’t have much of a connection either. The story had a ground but the layers above it weren’t strong enough. It was a shame, maybe if it were re-cut it could work better.