Based on Don DeLillo's novella The Body Artist, the film swirls around a self-centred filmmaker (Mathieu Amalric) who, during a screening of one of his films, wanders into an adjoining gallery and becomes mesmerized by a young performance artist (Victoria Guerra). Dumping his leading lady and long-time lover, Rey embarks on a wild and delirious affair with the equally willing Laura, who jumps on the back of his motorcycle and rides with him into instantaneous love. Holed up in Rey's remote country mansion, the couple appears to have found bliss — until, one day, Laura is disturbed by strange noises that turn out to be a prelude to disconcerting developments. The dreamlike world the two have constructed slowly begins to come apart.
Sound: 5.1 surround & 2.0 stereo
- " Never Ever ... represents a striking breakthrough by novice co-star, and the film’s writer, Julia Roy."
- "[B]reakout scripter-star Julia Roy ... adds her own enigmatic shading to proceedings via her terrific leading turn as a grief-stricken performance artist preserving her husband’s presence in more ways than one."
- "Both leads are great and Mathieu Amalric played a similar role in Ismael’s Ghosts but Julia Roy steals the film as the love interest/artist.”"
- "This is yet another routine drama by French director Benoit Jacquot, whose breakthrough, 1995’s A Single Girl, got by on the magnetism of leading lady Virginie Ledoyen; his latest—a wobbly adaptation of a Don DeLillo novel—wastes both of his stars. Although Julia Roy (who also wrote the messy script) has an undeniable presence, she and her usually interesting co-star Mathieu Amalric can do little with the forced, pandering ghost story that Jacquot shovels at us."
Awards & Recognition
Venice Film Festival
Toronto Int'l. Film Festival
Tokyo Int'l. Film Festival