The Lady In the Car with Glasses and a Gun (2016)

A French psychological thriller with an interesting twist.

The Lady In the Car with Glasses and a Gun (2016)

Cast: Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay, Elio Germano
Director: Joann Sfar
Studio: Magnolia Studios 10921 (4/12/16)
Video: 2.39:1 for 16:9 screens, color
Audio: French or English dubbed
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Extras: Interview with Director, The Paintings of Director Joann Sfar, Theatrical trailer
Length: 95 min.
Rating: ****

This was the first foreign film for which I auditioned the English-dubbed soundtrack instead of using the English subtitles. It wasn’t bad, though it somehow emphasized some of the poor acting during the movie. A lovely secretary has no boyfriend and envies the life her married school friend has with her wealth husband. She is instructed to take the couple to Orly airport and then to return the Ford Thunderbird to their home, but instead takes off on a trip to Nice and Monaco because she has never seen the sea before.

She is sure this is the first time she has been there, but everyone seems to know her name and has records of her having been there recently. She meets and has an affair with a wild man who is on his way to Marseille for a new job. He steals the Thunderbird, but when a body turns up in its trunk, she is suddenly the lead suspect in a murder about which she knows nothing. I didn’t fully understand how her boss was involved in everything (something to do with models, photography and advertising), but the twist involves her thinking (as well as the viewer) that she is going crazy when in fact she isn’t.  Could be better acting but a great story and fine filming.

—John Sunier

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