When the film was over, I was totally stunned. . . . That scene often brings tears to my eyes. In that little moment, you sense that Renoir dredges up tons of feelings: that the war was dragging on, that Gabin has been through a lot, that things weigh heavily on him. None of that is in the dialog. It’s all conveyed in the way the characters move, the choice of framing, and the silences. I find this scene miraculous. I felt I was seeing another type of cinema.
May 16, 2016