Who You Think I Am (2019) Kino Lorber/Cohen 11/2/2021
Directed By: Safy Nebbou
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Nicole Garcia, Francois Civil
Framed and told entirely in flashback, a single older woman with kids named Claire (Juliette Binoche) catfishes a younger man in this French thriller. Director Safy Nebbou constructs a interesting film that maybe is not as groundbreaking as it would have been ten years old-it still does manage to have bite. I think that, though catfishing is a horrible and psychologically scarring thing-even criminal, Nebbou attempts to humanize the face behind the fake name/picture. The fact that she is a seemingly very well adjusted academic teacher who aches for company and not a one-dimension vile person is, I think is a nice routine to take. Very often women, especially older women are not very well written in thrillers so to see someone complex is refreshing.
Having said that the movie has some issues. The main issue for me was the at times painfully awkward pacing. The story is sidelined with tedious dialogue scenes with the therapist that really only serves to de-rail the films momentum. Also, this movie is marketed as a taunt, sexual thriller but the movie is more of a drama with all the thriller and suspense nowhere to be found. This is perfectly fine but when the pull-quote compares this to Fatal Attraction, it is more than just a little misleading.
I think this is a well directed movie but the pacing is awkward and I was disappointed because I went into this thinking it was a thriller which it wasn't. I did find Claire to be incredibly compelling which is why I think that even with some meddling plotting it was still interesting. Again, had I went into this without the suspense thriller banner I certainly would have had my expectations set differently.
Picture: Who You Think I Am has a really nice crisp clean look on 1080p. The movie has a somber, yet rich and warm color palate and this HD presentation really highlights this. There is even in a grainy film-like quality that was a really nice surprise. Overall, a really vivid transfer that feels like it hits home the slightly off, melancholic narrative.
Sound: Who You Think I Am has a 2.0 and 5.1 French track with English subtitles. Dialogue and music comes through nicely and the 5.1 gives some more sound design heavy moments a nice impact.
Extras: Extras include: The Making of Who You Think I Am (36smin) and Trailer