Inspired by the tragic true story of freediver Audrey Mestre, who died twenty years ago, David Rosenthal’s film dissects the story of love and nauseating domination between the young woman and her trainer, played by the surprising rapper Fianso .
This French drama, an implacable tale of the toxic relationship of a couple of extreme divers, made a dazzling entry into the French Netflix ranking. Director David Rosenthal explores the sordid facets of the psychological manipulation suffered by Audrey Mestre, holder of a double No Limit female apnea record, who died in tragic circumstances on October 12, 2002.
The love story between Roxana (played by Camille Rowe, seen in Tea
deep house) and Pascal Gauthier (rapper Sofiane Zermani, alias Fianso, very fair in
narcissistic pervert) seemed unbalanced and condemned in advance: the first scenes open a brief window on the psychological fragility of the young girl, whereas as soon as she appears, the professional freediver considers her from the top of his pedestal. The sequel, between infidelity and progressive influence, paves the way towards disaster.
Immersed in an unknown sport with many facets, the film is a great success
visual: the diving scenes are parentheses of stunning silence, soothing
underwater beauty until the tension makes them suffocating. Pascal Gauthier is
world champion when he initiates Roxana, who presents miraculous predispositions.
The sharing of a passion quickly turns into a nauseating relationship of domination, reminiscent of the duo of black swan between Nina (Natalie Portman) and Thomas (Vincent Cassel). The teacher quickly takes the emotional upper hand over the student, at the risk of seeing her dive…
The real, destructive passion between the two sportsmen inspired two books, the last of which The Last Attempt (Xlibris, 2006), written by one of the members of the duo’s diving team, highlights the inadmissible behavior of the athlete. It’s this story that drives the film, balancing steamy romance and cruel addiction.
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