Pretty cold character study of a French serial killer of young girls that, unfortunately, only took stabs at the surface without digging deeper into the meaningful material. The casting is excellent with Guillaume Canet's performance as the exemplar Gendarme with sociological issues is both chilling and convincing.
Next time, rather than fall in the polar clichés, please extend the premises of the magnificent first sequence - a camera-narrator with architectural delight, in which by image is drawn a characterization of the protagonist's personality and acts. Carpenter, Walsh, Fuller or De Palma made it peerless and that start is a distant relative of such triumphs. The rest is mainly sustained by Canet magnific opacity.
Solid slice of crime drama with a fine central performance by Canet. The production design and music complements the story suitably while the script is good but a few shades short of great. I commend the director for not turning to stale thriller tropes but staying on the dramatic side of things. Still there is something here that stops the movie from becoming as riveting and gripping as it could have been.
Dans la grande tradition du polar français (Melville), le film d'Anger se révèle particulièrement poisseux, âpre et glacial, avec un Guillaume Canet hanté particulièrement impassible et donc parfaitement inquiétant Reste que cette plongée clinique et minimaliste dans la banalité de la folie demeure engoncée dans son ambiance, sans parvenir à s'en extraire ou à la dépasser.