A man and his tower

Facts: Eiffel

Genre: Drama

Premiere: May 6, 2022

In the roles: Romain Duris, Emma Mackey, Pierre Deladonchamps and more

Regi: Martin Bourboulon

Playing time: 1 hour 48 minutes

Age limit: 7 years

Rating: + +

Gustave Eiffel is in the butter. After just finishing his collaboration on the Statue of Liberty – and becoming an honorary citizen of the United States in the coup – the French engineer is the name on everyone’s lips.

In the introduction to “Eiffel”, he is urged by the French government to create something spectacular ahead of the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, but Eiffel is most interested in the metropolitan project and is considering a democratic, functional metro. There is no tower on the horizon.

Well, we know how it went. The Eiffel Tower stands where it stands, today an obvious part of the Paris skyline. And precisely this, that the audience is sitting with the facts in hand seems to have worried the filmmakers when they made “Eiffel”. It’s a shame that they do not really seem to trust their own material – it can be very exciting to follow a dramatic, challenging, shaky process even if you know the outcome.

In fact, the “Eiffel” is at its best when it comes to the design itself, how the ingenious technical solutions came about. When the visionary Gustave Eiffel – who sometimes sounds like a tech entrepreneur at the time who is to “build a dream” for the whole world to enjoy – is allowed to demonstrate his engineering skills at critical stages, he is stuck.

But the engine of the story is a love story. After all, this is a French film. And oh-what-passion that afflicts the young Gustave and his youthful love, the beautiful Adrienne Bourges, who, however, belongs to a higher social class. The Lovers is played by charismatic Romain Duris and Emma Mackey in an age-skewed yet well-played relationship. Their unfortunate fate is depicted in retrospect and it is Adrienne’s sudden appearance in Gustav’s life that accelerates the construction.

“Eiffel” is a very lavish story, but despite components such as most of the world’s towers, a grandiose love affair and contemporary skeptics who made life difficult for the struggling visionary, the filmmakers never manage to put the pieces together into an engaging whole. Apart from the line “you look at your tower like a man looks at a woman”, most things are easily forgotten and the end is mostly a strange anticlimax.

Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris) and his beloved Adrienne Bourgès (Emma Mackey) in “Eiffel”. Press image.

Source: nyheter24.se by nyheter24.se.

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