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Moka DVD Review


“Moka” is a simplistic and familiar drama.

Based on a novel by Tatiana De Rosnay, “Moka” tells the story of a depressed and emotionally distraught mother (Diane) who escapes a mental health facility and ventures to Évian to track down the woman responsible for her’s son hit-and-run murder. With only a few known clues (a blonde woman in a mocha colored car), Diane tracks down who she thinks might be responsible and cozies up to her and her family. What will she do to the alleged murderer? You’ll have to see for yourself.

For the first 65 minutes or so, “Moka” is a slow paced drama that is both light on dialogue and story. The story that we do get is something that we have all seen before. The only thing keeping the film afloat at this point are the characters. While Diane does a lot of sitting, waiting, reminiscing and staring (which can be frustrating to watch), the moments with the alleged murderer and her family keep you involved because you want to see what Diane will do. Unfortunately, she doesn’t do much in this 65 minute period as I mentioned above, but thankfully, the last 25 minutes pays off. Not only do we get a satisfying resolution here, but Diane finally decides to do something. It may not be the thrilling ending some are expecting, but it is emotional nonetheless thanks to the performances by stars Emmanuele Devos and Nathalie Baye.

Aside from that final act, however, the movie feels like it’s missing something. It would have been nice to see more scenes between Diane and her partner as well as the character of Vincent (who sort of shows up out of nowhere). On top of that, they could have easily extended the final act a bit more to make it even more suspenseful. It all feels like a bit of a missed opportunity when you think about the movie as a whole.


Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? The location shooting makes this film look first rate even on DVD.

Audio Track: French 5.1 Surround. How does it sound? There’s not much going on audio wise, but the track does the job regardless.

Extras include Film Movement trailers, a 19 minute interview with director Frederic Mermoud who talks about the project and the novel it is based on, and a B&W short film by Mermoud titled “Le Creneau.”

October 6, 2017 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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