The Corinth Films June 23, 2020 DVD release of the 2016 Swiss drama "Dark Fortune" is a perfect inaugural Corinth outing for this site. This compelling movie checks the important boxes of having a live-stage vibe and being one that can be made shot-for-shot and word-for-word in the United States.
Child psychologist Elaine Hess is a Eurocinema stock character in that her devotion to her profession is making her daughters, especially wild child Alice, feel like the barefoot children of a shoemaker.
Our story commences with family drama quickly harshing the mellow of Elaine as to just receiving the published copy of her thesis, which is bursting with symbolism on many levels. The drama escalates on an emergency call requiring that Elaine go to the hospital for a session with young boy Yves; this site will go on record as predicting that talented Yves portrayor Noe Ricklin has a long successful acting career in his future.
The backstory is that Yves is the only member of his immediate family that survives a car crash, His immediate concerns include the welfare of his guinea pigs and who will get custody of him and his pets. Yves reacting badly to his aunt accompanying his grandmother to the hospital is an early sign of there being more than meets the eye.
The powers-that-be soon determine that Yves temporarily living withe Elaine is the best immediate solution. Suffice to say that Alice initially does not react well to Mom bringing her work home with her. A cute subsequent scene that involves the passing on a gift that welcomes the new child into the family shows a thawing of relations. On a less happy note, these events lead to the daughters of Elaine learning awful truths about their birth fathers.
The subsequent drama regarding Yves relates to once again uprooting him and a related triggering of thoughts as to the drama in his life with his parents. This leads to a well-executed climax that provides important exposition both regarding the car accident and the related (no pun intended) family dynamics.
The twofer big pictures this time are that death truly brings out the worst in all of us and that no one knows what goes on in the home of anyone.