"Never Ever" / À jamais (2016)
Directed by Benoit Jacquot.
Adapted from the novel The Body Artist by Don DeLillo. 86 minutes.
The French/Portuguese production had a French release on Sept. 7, 2016, and stars Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Balibar and Julia Roy. It played at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in Sept. 2016.
Here's the trailer.
From Variety, Venice Film Review: 'Never Ever' by Guy Lodge, ran on Sept. 10, 2016. He writes:
"Dead," however, is not exactly a finite term as the film, simplified but generally faithful in form to DeLillo's novel, follows it into a metaphysical hall of mirrors. (The film makes playful reference to its own medium's capacity for riding and overriding other artforms: "You stole my audience," Laura chides Rey when they meet, before conceding, "There was no audience anyway, it’s not cinema.")
From Hollywood Reporter, 'Never Ever' ('A jamais'): Film Review | Venice 2016 by Neil Young, ran on Sept. 9, 2016. He writes:
Amalric and the more fleetingly-seen Balibar do what they can with their thanklessly underwritten parts, although near-newcomer Roy displays sufficient intelligent, alluring screen presence to transcend limitations imposed by her scriptwriting self. Tackling a Don DeLillo novel, even one as brief and as middlingly-received as The Body Artist, was clearly an over-ambitious decision for a writer with no previous such credits. Indeed, there's probably a good reason why 'Never Ever' is only the second time this best-selling, globally-admired author's work has been adapted for the big screen.