A tense and claustrophobic thriller, Belleville slowly raises the threat of violence until it explodes into a bloody conclusion.
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Young Americans Zack and Abby have the perfect ex-pat life in Paris: a funky bohemian apartment in up-and-coming Belleville; a stable marriage; and Zack’s noble mission to fight pediatric AIDS. But when Abby finds Zack at home one afternoon when he’s supposed to be at work, the questions and answers that follow shake the foundation of their seemingly beautiful life. The relationship is shown in contrast to their Sengegalese-born, but younger, landlords, who have struggled their whole lives to have what Abby and Zack take for granted. A tense and claustrophobic thriller, Belleville slowly raises the threat of violence until it explodes into a cacophonous and bloody conclusion.
Recommended for mature audiences.
“...particularly poignant, proof not only of the unerring instincts of [director] Smith and his actors but of Herzog’s sure hand.”
San Francisco Examiner