6.4/10
99
1 user 13 critic

Barrage (2017)

After ten years abroad, Catherine returns to Luxembourg to catch up with her daughter Alba, brought up by Catherine's mother Elisabeth. She then kidnaps Alba and takes her on a trip to a lake up North.

Director:

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Game of Death (2017)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death. Sucks for seven millennials who ignored that rule. Now each one's head will explode unless they kill someone. Will they turn on ... See full summary »

Directors: Sebastien Landry, Laurence Morais-Lagace
Stars: Sam Earle, Victoria Diamond, Emelia Hellman
Kiss and Cry II (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Directors: Chloé Mahieu, Lila Pinell
Stars: Sarah Bramms, Dinara Drukarova, Xavier Dias
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Pedro Pinho
Stars: José Smith Vargas, Carla Galvão, Njamy Sebastião
The Cured (2017)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A disease that turned people into zombies has been cured. The once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their own families, which causes social issues to arise. This leads to militant government interference.

Director: David Freyne
Stars: Ellen Page, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Sam Keeley
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

About a part time high school teacher and writer.

Director: Sang-soo Hong
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Shahira Fahmy, Mi-hee Chang
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Nora starts a new job only to find that her new boss and his wife know her dad from his college days, which leads to conflicts at work.

Director: Pascal Bonitzer
Stars: Agathe Bonitzer, Vincent Lacoste, Lambert Wilson
Madame Hyde (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Mrs. Géquil is a teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels different. Will she be able to keep the powerful and dangerous Mrs. Hyde contained?

Director: Serge Bozon
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Romain Duris, José Garcia
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti.

Director: Stanley Tucci
Stars: Armie Hammer, Geoffrey Rush, Clémence Poésy
Flames (2017)
Documentary | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A real romance filmed over five years. Josephine and Zefrey simmer in the white hot apocalypse of first love until the throw of a dart finds them on a spontaneous trip to the Maldives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Zefrey Throwell, Josephine Decker
Stars: Josephine Decker, Zefrey Throwell, Michael Melamedoff
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Joanna Lumley, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie
Centaur (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Centaur lives a modest life with his family in rural Kyrgyzstan until he abruptly becomes the center of attention when he is caught stealing a racehorse at night. A story inspired by the myth when horses became the wings of men.

Director: Aktan Arym Kubat
Stars: Nuraly Tursunkojoev, Zarema Asanalieva, Aktan Arym Kubat
Krotkaya (2017)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman lives in a small village in Russia. One day she receives the parcel she sent to her husband, serving a sentence in prison. Confused and angered, she sets out to find why her package was returned to sender.

Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Stars: Liya Akhedzhakova, Vasilina Makovtseva, Valeriu Andriutã
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Lolita Chammah ...
Themis Pauwels ...
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elsa Houben ...
Agathe
Marja-Leena Junker ...
Babette
Charles Müller ...
Robert
Luc Schiltz ...
Pol
Edit

Storyline

After ten years abroad, Catherine returns to Luxembourg to catch up with her daughter Alba, brought up by Catherine's mother Elisabeth. She then kidnaps Alba and takes her on a trip to a lake up North.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

river | boat | dead dog | dog | phone call | See All (11) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

19 July 2017 (Luxembourg)  »

Also Known As:

Barreiras  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Official submission of Luxembourg for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. See more »

Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Solo Woman Facing the Void
11 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

'A solo woman facing the void' is the expression someone used during the film's Q&A, when describing herself. The tag applies equally to the leading character in Barrage, Catherine (Lolita Chammah), a woman in her thirties trying to reconnect with her daughter, who had been raised by her grandmother for most of her life. Seen from a wider perspective, it looks a lot like a movie about a single mother and the struggle to prevent family-inherent traumas. But it's just as much about the struggle with oneself.

Story-wise, there's very little to say: Catherine shows up and wants to spend time with her daughter, to the disapproval of her own mother, both on and off-screen, Elisabeth (Isabelle Huppert). A few hours turns into half a day which turns into a weekend, as the two struggle to feel at ease with one another. And then the movie ends.

A more cynical person than myself could claim that the whole experience represents what European films are denigrated for: almost two hours of nothing happening. But that assessment would only be partially true. Overlong at its current run time and with a heavy observational period that spans for about an hour in the middle, the movie tests your patience. But it also builds on the bony relationship of the mother- daughter couple, in real-to-life process that just is painfully slow. Wrought with tension due to the expectation of failure on Catherine's part, even as she does come short, there is no sense of artificial doom, only for it to be swapped by some deeper recognition in the last three scenes. Rather the movie sets up a finale that offers relevant insights into the further dynamic of the characters, the generationally conditioned aspects of who they are and where they will go from there.

Somehow, I find myself writing that it all works, in spite of its shortcomings. The gorgeous scenery, the restrained performances and some unexpected, but well-suited musical arrangements come together into a coherent experience. It's going to be an acquired taste, flying close to artistic pretension, because of the pacing. Perhaps what swayed me was the metaphorical use of tennis in framing the relationship of the three women, a sport that's recognized for the battle one wages not so much with his or her opponent, but with oneself.

It's not an exciting movie, in a sense. Yet there are moments where it manages to connect and resonate, which has the power to outdo mere excitement. So yes, there is some reward at the end of this particular winding road.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Katee Sackhoff talks about her characters on "Battlestar Galactica," "Star Wars: Rebels," and "The Flash." Plus, "The IMDb Show" learns what it takes to wield a lightsaber.

Watch the show