Sunday, September 20, 2009

La ligne brisée (The Broken Line)


La ligne brisée might look like a film that only relies on the name of its stars. Obviously, after going through the film, we can see that David Boutin and Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, who are both big stars in Quebec, manage to carry with strength the film on their shoulders. However, expect to see some weak points in the storyline.


Sébastien Messier (David Boutin) and Danny Demers (Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge) are two friends who have been in boxing for a while. When Danny comes back to Montreal, Sébastien is preparing for a championship fight. However, their reunion goes awry and breaks their friendship. Five years later, Sébastien has hit the rock bottom and Danny is the world champion. In order to settle a score with Danny, Sébastien will challenge him. Will Danny accept it?

For a labourer who hails from the television industry, Louis Choquette certainly has a promising future ahead of him. After all, you just have to see the inspiring consideration he's put in the cinematography. For that matter, the film brilliantly captures the atmosphere of a boxing match the same way The Wrestler captures the atmosphere of a wrestling match. All in all, you, as a viewer, feel that you're in the film.

Nevertheless, this sport drama is a tad predictable. Indeed, this is the case in its middle part when the film superficially explores the end of the friendship between Sébastien and Danny comes to an end after a tragic car accident. Despite that, director Louis Choquette and scriptwriter Michelle Allen knew how to get the most they could with the flawed script. With that said, La ligne brisée can rely on the solid performance from its leading men, David Boutin and Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge. Both of them play well - physically and emotionally - two characters who individually have to deal with their inner demons.

Finally, despite the efforts you see from Choquette and Allen, La ligne brisée can only claim to be an entertainment film. In fact, just see it for yourself and have in mind that the pace is as quick as a car used for a James Bond film. However, one can't forget how thin the script is. In fact, the development of the leading characters looks incomplete, because the characters of Jacynthe René, who plays Danny's girlfriend, and Fanny Mallette, who plays Sébastien's physiotherapist, are underused.

Rating: 3/5


Origin:Canada (2008)
Length:102 minutes
Genre:Drama
Screenplay:Michelle Allen
Director:Louis Choquette
Starring:David Boutin, Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Fanny Mallette, Jacynthe René and Germain Houde


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