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Review: Strangers meet, romance and passion follow in 'Just a Sigh'
Review: Strangers meet, romance and passion follow in 'Just a Sigh'

Strangers on a train, played to perfection by Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne, are destined for a brief encounter, Parisian-style, in "Just a Sigh." The blah title suggests bad middle-school poetry (the original French, "Le Temps de l'aventure," at least has energy), but the film is a bracingly romantic drama that's alive with a mature sense of passion and mystery. Devos, a performer with a singular, sometimes off-putting combination of abrasiveness and fragility, is riveting as Alix, an actress. On a train from Calais to Paris for a movie audition, she exchanges furtive glances and a few words with Byrne's sad-eyed Irish professor, who remains...

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