Veteran French director Andre Techine’s ensembler Unforgivable
serves as a gentle reminder of the superiority of the finest contemporary European dramas over their Hollywood equivalents. The movie stands out in sharp contrast to much American filmmaking by virtue of its depth and complexity. Even a U.S. drama like Young Adult
, as satisfying as it was, could be digested in one sitting and summed up in a single pitch. Unforgivable
achieves distinction because it refuses to simplify the motivations, needs, or interactions of its subjects; these are complex, meaty characters with long and nuanced histories. Techine never belonged to the Nouvelle Vagu...