It can start with a peculiarly quiet breakfast, an unshaven afternoon, a gesture of affection shrugged off or rejected. La Separation follows a trajectory many will find familiar--the downward spiral of eroding intimacy. Pitiful and disgusting, the ends of relationships are a staple of European arthouse cinema--Rossellini and Bergman weighed in with classics of the genre. French director Christian Vincent (La Discrete, 1992) takes a stab at greatness with this wrenching portrait of the senseless disintegration of a household, and comes up short, but delivers fine performances from two big stars--Isabelle Huppert and Daniel Auteuil--who give their all to the pettiness and ugliness... More >>>