From its erotic, titillating commencement throughout its seesaw scenario the viewer voyeuristically vacillates between the past and present; the blue of the hotel room to a similar hue in the courtroom; lovers reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock genre, fatally attracted to each other, describing their relationship in “Rashomon” style.
Succinctly acted and directed by Mathieu Amalric (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) and Stephanie Cleau (in a riveting first time performance). “Esther” is tall, Amazonian, overpowering while “Julian”, not diminutive, but of noticeably smaller stature; the disparity in their physicality hints at their psychological imbalance.
“The Blue Room”, classically filmed, minus gimmicks, is stunning in masking emotional chaos with a refined landscape. The outstanding climax carries a blatant code of ethics, a moral heeding: beware the ramifications of indulging in strange bedfellows.