“THREE WORLDS” — Three Men

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“THREE WORLDS”

Three Men

Amos Lassen

Three men are aboard a vehicle that is responsible for a hit and run accident of an illegal foreigner. The three decide to keep quiet about what has happened. However, there was a witness who saw what happened and finds the driver. She also finds the wife of the deceased man.

What were the men motivated by? It seems that they were concerned with fear, guilt, money, lust, and a desire for a better life and while they do struggle with doing the right thing, they go back and forth between self-interest and noble thoughts. We watch a question of morality as the men deal with it. Catherine Corsini directed this film and she strives to find a balance in empathizing with her characters. Al (Raphael Personnaz) has worked his way up the working man’s ladder at a car dealership—he began as a salesman and became an executive and married the boss’s daughter. He keeps himself tied to his past by keeping his old friends who have not had his luck. On the other hand, he distances himself from them so as not to hurt his future. But then one night, he gets together with his old friends and the accident happens. They panic and drive off.

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As a result of the accident we meet the other characters—Juliette (Clotilde Hesme), a medical student and Vera (Arta Dobroshi), the wife of the accident victim. Juliette was the witness and she had trouble finding the wife since the dead man was an undocumented immigrant but she does succeed and the women become friends. When Al makes an unexpected visit to the hospital, he comes into contact with Juliette who figures out who he is and has to decide what to do next.

After having seen the accident, Juliette was in shock but she persuades her boyfriend to take her to the hospital the next day to visit the victim in intensive care and discovers that he is an illegal immigrant with false papers. As the Authorities seem to care little about establishing the man’s true identity, Juliette decides to do this herself and manages to track down Vera his Moldavian wife who also has no legal status in France.

 Vera is upset but she grabs on to Juliette as a friend and a support, and on one of the occasions they are visiting the hospital together, Juliette is convinced that the young man seen leaving the ICU could in fact be the hit and run driver.  Her assumptions are correct as since the incident Al has been racked with guilt and is desperate to discover the condition of the victim.

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 The poor man dies and leaves his widow with a large unpaid hospital and an unsolved crime.  Vera takes it upon herself to recruit her brothers in law to hunt the driver down to get some revenge and extract some blood money too to pay her mounting debts. Juliette has kept it quiet that not only has she located Al, but she has confronted him with the realities of the situation. Somewhere along the line she falls for Al who by now is so beset on making good that he is exploiting ways of robbing his wealthy future father-in-law to repay Vera and has even lost all desire to even get married now in a few days time.  He seeks solace in Juliette and in a moment of weakness, she succumbs.

As we can suspect, everything just gets wild—Al is discovered and his future brothers-in-law almost beat him to death but he manages to escape. We move toward a strange and unexpected ending that leaves everything untied. The film is, in effect, a study in class differences.  Al comes from lower class workingman’s roots; Juliette is a well meaning person from the middle class and Vera is a classless individual living in the underbelly of society. We are treated to a moral inquiry with good performances and we continue thinking about the film long after it is over.

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