Domain (DVD Review)10 Apr, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff
Box Office $0.007 million
In French with English subtitles.
Stars Béatrice Dalle, Isaïe Sultan.
An unnatural, obsessive relationship between a 17-year-old boy and his aunt is the basis of the foreign film Domain.
Doe-eyed and naïve, Pierre’s (Isaïe Sultan) infatuation with sullied mathematician Nadia (Béatrice Dalle) is peculiar for a number of reasons. She is much older and has a volatile temper, most likely spurred on by her alcoholism. Interestingly enough, the gap-toothed vixen is a magnetic force who commands attention from the moment the film opens at a nighttime picnic with friends and colleagues. Pierre’s mother is uncomfortable (as she should be) with her son spending the weekends at her sister’s place, when he should be out with friends his own age.
However, the cherished visits with Nadia are enticing to the teen, who is ready to explore adulthood. He delights in drinking wine and going out to dance clubs, where he can be free. Pierre soon begins to discover his own sexuality, when he meets a hot, rugged guy on the bus and later hooks up with him. Nadia is a bit jealous at the notion that someone else desires Pierre. The odd aunt/nephew relationship becomes muddled when, after a night of partying, Nadia asks Pierre to join her in bed. He obliges, but when she begins caressing his chest, Pierre pulls away.
While the viewer is inclined to believe that Nadia will influence Pierre to head down her same disruptive path, the boy instead takes on the role of a caretaker. He begins distancing himself from his once-beloved aunt as a form of tough love. Ultimately, he wants her to beat the alcoholism and return to the fun, flamboyant aunt she once was.
It’s a responsibility that Pierre shouldn’t have to bear. It seems as though he finally grasps that concept in the film’s final scenes.