ALICE AND MARTIN

Malice in Need of Pardon

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Starring: Juliette Binoche, Alexis
Loret, Mathieu Amalric, Carmen
Maura, Jean-Pierre Lorit, &
Marthe Villalonga

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 124 minutes

Distributor: USA Films

Director: Andre Techine

Executive Producer: Christine Gozlan

Producer: Alain Sarde

Writer: Andre Techine & Gilles Taurand

Address Comments To:

Scott Greenstein, Chairman
USA Films
9333 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 385-4000
Fax: (310) 385-4408

Content:

(PaPaPa, HoHo, B, Ro, C, LL, VV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Strong pagan worldview in which characters live eclectic lifestyles with homosexual character & moral, romantic & redemptive elements of man turning himself in to authorities & showing remorse after crime, woman makes rash decision based on emotions & reading of Matthew 16:24-25 during funeral; 18 obscenities, some vulgarities & men urinate; boy who hasn’t eaten cracks open raw eggs & shoves them into his mouth, depicted animal carcass being eaten by birds & swarming with flies, angry Rottweiler outside fence, man has bandage on head after being hit over head with ashtray, man chokes woman, depicted hanging corpse with noose around neck, man pushes other man downstairs then forcefully pushes him down again with depicted blood from mouth, & woman orders & pushes other woman out of her house; depicted fornication, mention of male organ, heavy kissing by homosexuals, & joking references to sex; upper male nudity, rear male nudity, woman in underwear & partial nudity during sex; alcohol use & abuse; heavy smoking; and, lying, stealing & family grudges.

Summary:

ALICE AND MARTIN is a combination of emotional and mental turmoil mixed in with love, hate and family relationships. However, this movie’s slight moral quality is marred by a pagan worldview, homosexual elements, depicted sex, foul language, and other questionable elements.

Review:

A murder from the past torments a man in ALICE AND MARTIN, a French import that depicts guilt, anger and estranged family relations.

The story opens with Martin (played by Alexis Loret), at age 10, being sent away to live with his father in order to have the opportunity for a good education. Twelve years later, Martin flees from his home, stealing food to eat along the way. Eventually, he goes to Paris to see his half-brother, Benjamin, who welcomes him with open arms. Benjamin, a homosexual, has a roommate, Alice. Alice is a musician, and Benjamin is an actor. Thus, the two have much in common.

Upon Martin’s arrival, Alice is civil to him, though not altogether impressed. After a while, Martin begins modeling in top circuits. As his career grows, his feelings toward Alice grow as well. Eventually he tells Alice how he feels, much to Alice’s confusion and shock. When she refuses him, he moves away to do work in another area. However, she realizes her feelings for him, and they reunite, growing closer in their relationship.

When Alice tells Martin she is pregnant with their child, something inside Martin snaps, and he goes away to seclusion, with Alice by his side, refusing to leave him. He treats her coldly, but she refuses to give up. He then tells her about his childhood, how his father was verbally abusive and revealing his responsibility for killing his father. Knowing he cannot go on living in seclusion, he checks himself into a mental hospital, and, from there, he writes Alice, asking his family to bring charges against him. Eventually, the love that Alice has for Martin grows into a stronger bond as the one between Martin and his family grows weaker.

ALICE AND MARTIN is a combination of emotional and mental turmoil mixed in with love, hate and family relationships. Though the dedication Alice has to Martin is admirable, it seems to appear almost overnight. The acting seems a bit overdrawn at times.

This movie’s little moral quality is marred by a pagan worldview, homosexual elements, depicted sex, foul language, and other questionable elements. The depicted love relationship between the main characters, though loyal, displays a lack of moral standards. This makes their relationship appear to be formed more out of desperation than romance.

In Brief:

A murder from the past torments a man in ALICE AND MARTIN, a French import that depicts guilt, anger and estranged family relations. At age 22, Martin flees from his father's home to see his half-brother, Benjamin, who welcomes him with open arms. Benjamin, a homosexual, has a roommate named Alice, and before long, Martin tells her he has feelings for her. Alice refuses him at first, but later they grow closer. When Alice tells Martin she is pregnant with their child, something inside Martin snaps, and he becomes distant. Later, he tells her how he actually killed his verbally abusive father. He checks himself into a mental hospital and asks Alice to tell his family to bring charges against him. Eventually, the love between Alice and Martin grows, as the bond between Martin and his family becomes estranged.

ALICE AND MARTIN is a combination of emotional and mental turmoil mixed with relationships. The love relationship between the main characters is loyal but displays a lack of moral standards. The movie’s mild moral and redemptive elements are also marred by a pagan worldview, homosexual elements, depicted sex, foul language, and other questionable qualities