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Boarding Gate

Year: 2007
Production Co: Canal+
Director: Olivier Assayas
Writer: Olivier Assayas
Cast: Asia Argento, Michael Madsen
Okay, I admit I saw it because Asia Argento is like a modern Bo Derek - you can guarantee she'll get her gear off in every movie she appears in.

What the hell anything else in the movie meant I have no idea. It was all sly allusion, pinched conversation about dark shared histories that are never laid out and tension over actions that are never explained.

A young woman (Argento) who's broken off a hot but painful affair with an ageing businessman (Madsen) is also (apparently) involved in a drug running plot with a Chinese-run shipping company, but has a plan to escape to Beijing and leave it all behind her.

There's more to it than that of course, even after the confusing premise half resolves itself and it turns into a straight thriller with her on the run from goons. For example, when she comes to visit her former lover at his luxury home, it isn't because she can't keep away from him but because she has a contract on his life, issued by her second lover who runs the drug scam.

Little of it will make sense first time, and it's frankly too long and dull to warrant a second or third viewing. Too long even to make it work the few seconds of Argento's state of undress

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