Rendez-vous begins with aspiring actress Nina (Binoche) fresh off the boat in Paris, where she immediately falls into bed with both real estate clerk Paulot (Wadeck Stanczak) and his in-your-face roommate Quentin (Lambert Wilson). Soon enough, secrecy is put aside and the whole affair becomes a messy conflagration of emotion and raw sexuality.
For Rendez-vous is a very youthful film. Director André Téchiné may have been approaching his forties at the time, but he’s joined by the much younger Oliver Assayas as his co-writer. Moreover, their focus is the ménage à trois which forms between Binoche and Lambert Wilson’s sex show performer and Wadeck Stanczak’s estate agent, both of whom are in their early twenties. And it’s certainly true that they understand their characters, revelling in their enigmatic qualities and naïve inconsistencies. Binoche’s character, for example, comes across as both manipulative and a complete innocent, whilst the news of her promiscuities and the fact that she’s a bad actress (the character that is, not Binoche) further complicates matters. Likewise, Wilson’s mysterious figure, whom she soon becomes fascinated in, remains wonderfully undefined: is he genuinely psychopathic and suicidal, or are these just mere youthful affectations?