This French film opens with lovers Marc and Lea both looking the worse for wear and being interviewed by the police, apparently giving contrasting versions of events, though it’s not clear what has actually happened. Flashback to happier times as we see the beautiful couple off on holiday, hoping to spend some time together alone, but tensions are already evident in their relationship with Lea resenting the commitment Marc gives his work and (as she perceives) not to her. The open space of the large house where they’re staying presents an environment at once sheltering and threatening and with no distractions, the cracks begin to show. Is their love, hard fought and brittle but profound and tenacious, strong enough to hold out against anything?
No Limits hooks you in from the start, juxtaposing the initial dark (both tonally and visually) police station sequence with the lightness of their bickering car journey – immediately you want to know how the end point is reached and what happened along the way. Part thriller, part tragic love story, this is an emotionally intelligent, visually impressive piece which keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. KM