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46th San Francisco International Film Festival at PFA

Saturday, April 19, 2003
7:00 a.m. THE TRILOGY II: AN AMAZING COUPLE
Lucas Belvaux France/Belgium, 2002

(La Trilogie II: Un Couple épatant). The second film in the trilogy is a Sturges-esque screwball comedy, in which wife Cécile and husband Alain suspect each other of infidelity due to a series of ridiculous misunderstandings, even leading Cecile to hire a detective. The basic situation (a couple, having everything to be happy for, slowly destroying their fine balance) could as well lend itself to a tragedy. By treating it humorously Belvaux illuminates the importance of style and point of view.

Part III is shown Sunday, April 20.


—Michel Ciment

• Written by Belvaux. Photographed by Pierre Milon. With Ornella Muti, François Morel, Gilbert Melki. (96 mins)