Contemporary World Cinema | 2016 | 89 minutes

Stranger Says:

After escaping from a sanatorium, a bereaved Swiss woman (Emmanuelle Devos) resumes her search for those responsible for an unsolved family tragedy. (The title refers to a particular shade of car paint.) When the trail leads her to a seemingly mundane couple residing on the gorgeous shores of Lake Geneva, the slow burn begins. Director Frédéric Mermoud’s splendidly modulated cat-and-mouse story keeps upping the psychological stakes, aided by Devos’s tremulously feral central performance. Both gratifyingly dark and unexpectedly moving, with a last shot that hits like a ton of bricks. Patricia Highsmith would approve, which says it all, really.


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Film Credits
Frédéric Mermoud
Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye, Diane Rouxel, Samuel Labarthe, David Clavel
SIFF 2017