Roman Polanski’s retelling of the Dreyfus Affair is elegant but self-pitying

Dir: Roman Polanski. Cast: Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel, Emmanuelle Seigner, Gregory Gadebois, Hervé Pierre, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupard. Cert tbc, 126 mins

When it was announced that Roman Polanski was bringing his new film about the Dreyfus Affair to this year’s Venice Film Festival – not in person, though, thanks to the extradition treaty between Italy and the United States – it was widely supposed that the story must hold for its director a certain personal resonance.

Naturally, there was outrage that this 42-year fugitive from justice had been selected in the first place: Polanski has been living in exile in Europe since pleading guilty in a Los Angeles court in 1977 to unlawful sex with…

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