Forbidden Love

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Taboos are shattered inValérie Donzelli’s Marguerite &Julien, a brother-sister romance set in seventeenth century France, despite some intentional anachronisms. As children, Marguerite and Julien have a close relationship and a priest suggests separating them. When Julien (Jérémie Elkaïm) returns from business school, he finds Marguerite (Anaïs Demoustier) unhappily engaged; they surreptitiously rekindle their romance, setting off intrigue. Despite the occasional tableau vivant, Donzelli keeps the pace brisk. DP Céline Bozon creates a beautiful look for the film. The score is rich, moving, and, at times, sublime.Marguerite &Julienfinds characters in a familiar narrative, but with an incesticious twist that makes trite situations fresh and stirring.As it ought to, the soapy, melodramatic elements and sheer outlandishnessof the premisesometimes prompt laughs. But that does not diminish the movie; rather, it shows an aversion for solemnity and self-importance that too many films are guilty of. Donzelli directs her actors…

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