A very touching mediation on two people caught on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the idea of love. The yearning that one character has to get to know everything about the other, is contrasted by the other character's desire to keep things pure by being as emotionally isolated as possible. The symmetrical images allow the feeling of captivity loom throughout the film--must watch!
I can't remember another movie, besides one I made in high school on a broken Super 8mm camera, that makes such sustained use of nearly illegible underlit and unlit darkness. I admire that audacity, but I'm less enamored of the audacity to focus on two such annoying characters.
I find this to be at its most engrossing when it forgoes dialogue in favour of its brooding atmosphere. That and the eye-catching Parisian photography are probably this film’s greatest assets, to the point where I find the vérité script that's evident alongside it a lot less enamouring compared to the gorgeously elegant style. It still evokes all its central ideas clearly though, and remains an admirable specimen.