From 25th March 2016
The title Disorder relates to the mental state of the main protagonist
in the film, Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts) (Rust and Bones), who is suffering
from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following a gruelling time
when serving in the French army in the USA and NATO conflict against the
Taliban in Afghanistan.
But it could also easily apply to the confused and incoherent state of
the film itself.
Vincent, on enforced leave from the army due to his psychiatric problems,
is hired as a body guard on behalf of the wife and son of a very rich
Lebanese businessman, He has flown abroad, to negotiate with other leading
tycoons about subjects we are not sure what. He has leading French politicians
as influential comrades, but the businessman is not what he appears to
The most farcical aspect of the movie is the reaction, or rather the
lack of it, experienced by his wife Jessie (Diane Kruger) and her young
boy Ali (Zaid Errougui-Demonsant) when armed international assassins try
to kill them both, when being driven in a car by Vincent, after returning
from a trip to the beach.
Shots are fired by both the assassins and Vincent but, although Vincent
is accustomed to this type of violence, the woman and boy show no after
effects at all of this overt hostility towards them.
The wife is once again the target of another attack by international
assassins, this time inside her palatial mansion, but after Vincent beats
off an attack on her by one of them, he ferociously pounds the guy's head
repeatedly against a glass table, smashing open the front of his head,
while in full view of her. Once again she shows no signs of distress in
the aftermath of this vicious assault.
One saving grace from the movie is the music soundtrack, composed by
French DJ Gesaffelstein, producing hypnotic pounding beat music to symbolise
Vincent's periods of inner torment and anxiety attacks.
Some found the final reel unfathomable but not me! It is a wish fulfilment
experienced by Vincent, denied to a lonely and troubled man.
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