An arty remake of a 25-year-old French melodrama--Claude Sautet's 1970 LES CHOSES DE LA VIE--INTERSECTION is the sort of film Hollywood doesn't make anymore, a full-blooded romantic drama filled with love and pain and the whole damn thing. But it's a waxen, pretentious bore, and whatever
chance it may have had of succeeding is foiled by casting so misguided that it's hard to imagine it wasn't meant as a vicious joke.
INTERSECTION opens with a portentous montage: a car speeding along a country road, an elaborate antique clock ticking away the seconds, bodies making love in rapturous soft focus. The prologue ends with a sickening crash, and the rest of the film ...