2000 33 min., d Louise Archambault Ariane, Veronique and Mathilde are close friends who decide one night to "stop the bullshit" and do some real talking. Mathilde tells Ariane that she is in love with a pregnant friend; Veronique confides she's expecting a baby; Ariane tells of her many sexual exploits, one involving Veronique's husband. Interweaving their conversations and confessions with high-octane, high-velocity sequences conveying the riot of consciousness in each woman's head, Atomic Sake delivers a tautly constructed and engaging drama of disclosure. These disclosures prove liberating for some, devastating for others. As the night goes on, lubricated and stoked by sake, the explosive, destructive consequences of total honesty within friendships are revealed. The final morning-after tableau, rich with ambiguity and suggestion, demonstrates Archambault's intelligence and restraint as a director. It is a restraint that prevents her film from slipping into the emotionally puerile territory of television relationship dramas (Friends or These Arms of Mine). Within its accelerated emotional, social and sexual tensions, Archambault's visually arresting drama illustrates that honesty is not necessarily the best policy and that, to warp a Shakespearean phrase, discretion really is the better part of discretion.
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|Date:||Mar 22, 2001|
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