La passion Béatrice
Colo Tavernier and Bertrand Tavernier, 1987
#13 of 28 in the 20th century series
Wow, how did this end up on the list? I guess the ’90s version of me was going by the formula “unremittingly bleak = quality cinema”. Or maybe I was trying to look cultured and therefore listed every French movie I had ever seen, forgetting that this was two hours of glacially paced torture of an appealing character (as the title suggests: this is “passion” as in suffering, not as in smoochies). I couldn’t even get all the way through it this time.