Glam icons Bellucci, Marceau morph in weird fantasy thriller

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated May 16, 2009 at 4:11 PM EDT

Glam movie icons Monica Bellucci and Sophie Marceau mutate one into the other in a weird fantasy thriller screening at the Cannes film festival Saturday.

"Don't Look Back", dubbed a "psychological thriller" by its 38-year-old French director Marina de Van, won a mixed response from critics at a preview, some hissing the movie, some applauding, and many looking perplexed.

In the film Marceau plays a writer penning a novel inspired by her youth but slowly morphs into Bellucci as she seeks to recall long-lost memories.

Furniture in her flat moves, the decor changes, and she fails to recognise even her own children as the camera portrays a face that is part-Marceau, part-Bellucci.

"My reference was Francis Bacon," the director said in an interview. "I wanted to make a pyschological drama using the fantasy genre."

She added: "I had the idea a long time ago. It wasn't written for Marceau-Bellucci but I thought the idea of using two icons was interesting."




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