Although ravishingly lensed, a steamy story runs out of steam in “The Ring Finger,” a fetching, Euro-set adaptation of a Japanese novel. Almost worth the price of admission for lovely newcomer Olga Kurylenko, front and center as a factory worker who takes a very peculiar desk job after her finger is nearly severed, pic shows enormous promise in the first few reels but treads water way too much after that. Film sank on local release in June but has enough spark (and sex) for some fest action.
After 21-year-old Iris (the effortlessly radiant Kurylenko) nearly loses her digit on a bottling assembly line, she stumbles into a position as receptionist and very personal secretary to a man (Marc Barbe) who transforms customers’ mementos into “specimens.” These are sometimes afloat in formaldehyde, sometimes sealed in a beaker as if ready for display in an old-fashioned museum. When her employer requires Iris to wear red high-heeled pumps, an already odd job gets even stranger. Adapter-helmer Diane Bertrand utilizes exquisitely-lit locations — Hamburg’s industrial waterfront figures prominently — with skill, but the narrative feels embalmed long before it ends.