With a nod to Harold Pinter's dramatic tour de force Betrayal
and a wink at MEMENTO, French director Francois Ozon's merciless vivisection of a dying marriage is divided into five chapters and told in reverse. It starts at the bitter end and ends at the seemingly sunny start which, in retrospect, actually foreshadows this couple's doom. The film opens with Marion (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) and Gilles (Stephane Freiss) finalizing the details of their divorce with a judge, signing the papers, then checking into a depressing hotel room. They planned on a round of goodbye/good riddance sex, but after climbing into bed, Marion changes her mind. Nevertheless, Gilles r...