She’s One Of Us

In this provocative first feature (2003), French director Siegrid Alnoy asks us to accept the premise that an insecure and awkward provincial office temp (Sasha Andres), suggestively called Christine Blanc, becomes transformed overnight into a confident and successful executive after gratuitously murdering a contact at work and getting away with it. Even if, like me, you can’t buy this premise and read it as a studied spin-off of Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Alnoy creates such a visual and aural tour de force of show-offy stylistic gestures that you can’t help but sit up and take notice. In French with subtitles. 100 min. (JR)

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