Persécution starring Romain Duris and Charlotte Gainsbourg

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A brutally intimate close-up of the moment-to-moment dissolution of a love affair, this psychological drama stars Romain Duris as a brooding, bestubbled Parisian juggling a hot-and-cold relationship with a jet-setting careerist (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and the intrusions of a middle-aged male stalker who has claimed him as the love of his life. Fueled by emotionally charged dialogue and nervy, passionate performances, Persécution continues director Patrice Chéreau’s (Queen Margot) masterful observation of human desire in all its intricacies and contradictions. Starring Romain Duris, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jean-Hugues Anglade. (Dir. by Patrice Chéreau, 2012, France, in French with subtitles, 100 mins., Not Rated) Digital