After her decidedly weird but undeniably jolting drama of female self-mutilation, “In My Skin” (2002), French actress-helmer Marina de Van goes mainstream with two big stars (Sophie Marceau, Monica Bellucci) in wannabe psychodrama “Don’t Look Back.” Despite handsome, saturated lensing by Dominique Colin, this tale of a woman who finds her body being taken over by another is floored by clunky dialogue, uninteresting characters and borderline ludicrous drama. Any initial curiosity should wane rapidly on French release June 3.
Biographer-turned-novelist Jeanne (Marceau), with two kids and a loving husband (Andrea Di Stefano), inexplicably starts getting panic attacks and memory losses. Though no one else seems to notice, including her actress mom (Brigitte Catillon), she finally morphs into a dark-haired Italianate woman (Bellucci), with a different husband (Thierry Neuvic) and mother (Sylvie Granotier), and sets out to her birth town of Lecce, Italy, to solve the riddle. Marceau is mostly called upon to act stressed or uncomprehending, while Bellucci looks elegant and mystified. Pic generates most of its tension in the early stages, becoming progressively more supine thereafter. Still, the face-morphing sequences are smoothly executed by effects supervisor Krao.