Imago (Jours de Folie) (2001)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - France   |  
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French director Marie Vermillard is a filmmaker interested in human behavior. In Imago (Jours de Folie), she focuses her efforts on three people trying to overcome memories of an event that has radically altered their lives. Paul is a mathematician, his wife Marianne is a biologist, and their shared lover, Luisa, is a musician. All share a passionate three-way relationship until the day Paul is struck by an auto. When Paul comes out of the hospital, he is cold, withdrawn. Marianne, using her professional knowledge, comes up with a variety of schemes to restore her husband's feeling. Yet Paul resists, and as he does, the overly sensitive Luisa suffers a blow to her mental health. As the trio works out its problems, they relive scenes from their childhood and experience dream visions of carapaced insects. "Imago," in French, refers to both a product decal and the last stage of an insect's metamorphosis.