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From acclaimed British director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) comes Suspension of Disbelief, a provocative film-within-a-film noir.  

 

Fifteen years after his wife disappeared under mysterious circumstances, screenwriter / lecturer Martin (Sebastian Koch) is under suspicion again when a French girl  called Angelique (played by Lotte Verbeek) drowns after meeting him at his daughter's party.

 

The plot thickens further when Therese - the  identical twin of the drowned partygoer, turns up. The lines between his creative work and reality start to blur, as does the film itself...

 

With copious fades to black, split screen shots, text narration,  slow motion, muted dialogue to jazz music, dreamy montages with motion blur, character titles, grainy footage, thesaurus definitions, jarring sound effects that were seemingly borrowed from a Looney Tunes cartoon, and even night vision, this feels more like an unnecessary exercise in using every trick that the edit suite has to offer, rather than one to create a compelling story.

 

Francis De La Tour and Julian Sands also make appearances, but do little to salvage this chore of a film. Frustrating to watch, Suspension of Disbelief is a pretentious waste of talent (in the case of Mike Figgis) and time (for the audience).  

 

To its only credit, here is a verbatim scene of dialogue between Sebastian Koch and Kenneth Cranham that accurately serves as its own review. How very meta of it...

 

Bullock: Is it good?

Martin: No, I'm afraid it's not.

Bullock: It's bad?

Martin: Yes.

Bullock: If I was to work on it some more...?

Martin: It might get worse.

 

*Fade to black*

Review by: Sarah O'Connell

Review Date: 6th September 2013

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Suspension of Disbelief