Americans At The French “Intersection”

A 1994 film, Intersection, seems like a modern French picture, does it not? That’s because it is an American remake of a modern French picture, and I would respect it more if it was an original product. It is, even so, a handsome-looking item put together by some talented people. Mark Rydell directed well enough, though he ought to have kept the film from getting soap-operaish. But the scene with a car crash at an intersection is pretty strong, and a couple of other scenes are too.

Richard Gere is exactly right as an architect separated from his wife because of his love for another woman. Sharon Stone gives the wife, Sally, a cool sensitivity and a certain fortitude. Lolita Davidovich is precisely what we would expect to see in an amiable, secular-minded woman, the architect’s mistress. Martin Landau is also absolutely fine.

Intersection shows us the breakthrough of romantic love, whether or not it should break through. Too, it is about death and the personal illusions that sometimes follow. It is a touching version of Les choices de la vie.

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