The plot and direction is about as thrilling as your regular French crime TV but Depardieu basically salvages every shot of this. Touching and pathetic yet full of justness and dignity. One of his very best works indeed.
Some pacing issues. Clearly loses its steam during the last half hour which drags unnecessarily and suffers from overwritten monologues. Holds back on the gore a few times – pity we can’t see that awaited axe-in-the-head shot as well as the dismemberment details of that portly little fellow.
Apart from that, The Sadness is a joy to watch. Brilliant example of guerrilla filmmaking at the worst possible Covid time. Still gory, splattery as hell when it wants to be, courtesy…