A road movie that is somewhat like the obverse of Voyage to Italy starting from Naples (at least the road movie part) and wandering all over Europe, and leading to a negative illumination ne plus ultra of obsolescence, disconnection & decay of the flesh and the ethos. After L'enfant secret it's almost as if most of Garrel's films are really one film in different moods and the mood here is dark, lonely and fated.
Reminiscent of the classic road movies of Wim Wenders, albeit, with the usual Garrel meditations on regret (specifically related to May 1968) and desperation (more often related to couples and their inability to receive love). The bold use of 'scope photography seems intended to exaggerate the spaces between individuals and the loneliness of their world.
From Durex ad on automatic glass doors of pharmacy to a bottle of poisonous medicament – a meditation on sex and death as inseparably intertwined parts of the paradox called life. “It’s being alone that makes us one.” An exercise in contradictions in terms.
How strange that Garrel, who is known for shooting in such luminous, textured black and white, has shot this film in a very down-played color palette. Then again, since the film is in some ways an ode to a fire-red Porsche, perhaps this was the only option the film dictated? The color of the Porsche tears through the images of the film...