Polanski's film 'Frantic' is a true masterpiece, featuring one of Harrison Ford's best performances to date. The snapshot of the film captured in these two scenes is truly exceptional. In the first scene, Dr. Richard Walker (Ford) is depicted as desperate while he tries to move a suitcase into Michelle's (played by Emmanuelle Seigner) room. Michelle is helping him figure out how to get his kidnapped wife back, and Morricone's brilliant musical score uses subtle undertones of percussion and light synths to convey the stress and uneasiness of the situation.
The second scene takes place in a club, where Walker finally has the chance to meet his wife's captors face-to-face in an attempt to negotiate a deal. This scene is particularly interesting because while Michelle and Walker are forced together by circumstance, they both rely on each other and are equally as scared by the situation they find themselves in. Polanski skillfully shows Walker's vulnerability, contrasted by Michelle's youthful impulses, while also conveying the paranoia and suffocation that Walker feels. Adding to the atmosphere is Grace Jone's brilliant song, which makes the scene truly unforgettable.
If you haven't already seen this film, we highly recommend that you do so, as it is a true work of art that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.
Where to watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/frantic/
Listen to the score: https://music.apple.com/us/album/frantic-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/844330197