Directed by Catherine Corsini
  • France / 
  • 2012 / 
  • French & Moldovan with English subtitles / 
  • 101 min
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"Highly engaging...Corsini's film is a pleasure to watch!"
– Karin Badt, The Huffington Post
"Elegantly cerebral."
– David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


Al, a young man from a modest background, is ten days away from marrying the daughter of his boss, along with succeeding him as the head of the car dealership where Al has been working for most of his life. One night, while coming back drunk from his bachelor party, Al commits a hit-and-run when he hits a man by accident and is urged to leave the scene of the crime by his two childhood friends who are with him in the car. The next day, gnawed by guilt, he decides to go to the hospital to inquire anonymously about his victim. What he does not know is that the entire accident was witnessed from a balcony by a young woman, Juliette, who is going through her own emotional upheavals. Juliette not only called 911, but also helped to contact the victim's wife, Véra, a Moldavian illegal immigrant whom she decides to help and keep company at the hospital. But when Juliette recognizes Al as the reckless driver in the hospital corridor, for some reason she is unable to denounce him. Gradually they get to know each other better through more frequent meetings and phone calls, and Juliette becomes a mediator between Al and the unsuspecting Véra. However, things get complicated when romantic feelings between Juliette and Al start to arise, and Véra finally finds out about their secret relationship.

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Customer Reviews

Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
Three Worlds is an engaging story of a hit and run accident, where the perpetrator is trying to collect courage to turn himself in despite pressures from his friends not to destroy his carefully constructed world where he is a head of a garage company. A witness to the accident does her best to encourage the guy to turn himself in. Predictably, they fall in love though, which gives outrage to the wife of the victim.

Paul Allaer - Customer Review
"Three Worlds" (2012 release from France; 100 min.) brings the story of three people who as a result of one horrible event get interconnected in the most unlikely of ways. In the first world, there is Al (played by Raphal Personnaz), a thirty-something up-and-comer at a luxury car dealership and who is about to marry the daughter of the dealership owner. One night Al is out late with co-workers and while driving home, he is careless (using his mobile) and hits a man at full speed. The man is badly hurt but after stepping out, Al is terrified and flees the scene. Second there is Juliette (played by Clotilde Hesme), a twenty-something young lady who is pregnant with the child of her guy-friend with whom she is not getting along well anymore. By chance, Juliette is staring out her window as the accident happens and she witnesses the whole thing. Third there is Vera (Arta Dobroshi), a woman immigrant from Moldova and married to the man overrun by Al. To tell you much more of the plot-heavy movie would surely ruin your viewing pleasure, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Several comments: first and foremost, this is a heavy-duty dramatic movie that raises a lot of good points about guilt, remorse, and personal responsability. At one point, Al starts to understand the desparate position that he is getting in/already is in, and it overwhelms him, crying out "I've always tried to do the right thing!" I thought that writer-director Catherine Corsini did an excellent job shaping the characters in the movie, walking a fine line between bringing drama but never becoming melodramatic. Next, there is a secondary theme in the movie pertaining to illegal immigrants in France (in this case: a Moldovian community in Paris). Separate and apart from how one feels about illegal immgration, Corsini makes the point that these people are humans too. Last, the movie brings some great performances. For me Raphal Personnaz in the role of Al is the breakout role of the movie, and I think we have not seen the last of him. As always, the DVD-of-the-Month comes with a bonus shortie. This month brings an excellent 14 min. feature called "The Piano Tuner", in which the main character pretends to be blind (for reasons too long to explain here) and then at one point witnesses something horrible. What can he do? Watch! Meanwhile, if you are in the mood for a top notch foreign movie which is surprisingly accessible despite its heavy undercurrent, you cannot go wrong with "Three Worlds". HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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Al (Raphaël Personnaz), Vera (Arta Dobroshi) and Juliette (Clotilde Hesme) in THREE WORLDS
Al (Raphaël Personnaz) and Juliette (Clotilde Hesme) in THREE WORLDS
Vera (Arta Dobroshi) and Juliette (Clotilde Hesme) in THREE WORLDS
Al (Raphaël Personnaz) in THREE WORLDS
Director Catherine Corsini