Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 15, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Girl Cut in Two

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
110 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/15/08
performer
Benoit Magimel, Ludivine Sagnier
director
Claude Chabrol
author
Claude Chabrol
genre
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it a B+

The inspiration for Claude Chabrol’s satisfyingly nasty French drama of desire and jealousy is the Gilded Age American scandal involving the ornate sex life, and death by gunshot, of famous architect Stanford White. But the details of this arch, chic update set in modern-day Lyons — evincing a fascination with hypocrisy among the cultured classes — are pure Chabrol. In A Girl Cut in Two, Sagnier is yummy as a local TV weathergirl caught between a womanizing older novelist (François Berléand) and a nouveau riche playboy (Magimel) used to getting his own way. B+

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