My first Denis film left me breathless, angry, entranced and ready to watch it again immediately. "They're closing anthropology; they say it isn't important" might capture this quiet largesse which deconstructs the pains of growing apart at such a life-like pace that it's easy to miss.
The nods to Ozu are evident, but it's not an imitation: this is Denis' own style and rhythm. As Denis has stated, she is aware of the inherent "immodesty" of film that could be perceived as pretentiousness. Yet somehow she succeeds in capturing the unspoken, private moments of people's lives without saying too much or placing value judgments. Some cite simplicity like it's a fault but in fact, it's a gift.
Completely unspectacular, but still one of the warmest, most beautiful films of the year. This is such a resonant work - it's about everyone everyday everywhere. Therefore it touched me quite deeply. And using "Nightshift" by Commodores in it's most electric scene is pure genious.
I'm really looking foreward to watch more of Denis' films (I also liked "The Intruder").
"When it's over, it's over. You have to leave." Like when your cat dies. There's nothing really keeping you there. The relationships have run out of steam. Like Chinua Achebe says, "Things fall apart." The main part I didn't like was being lectured at, whether I agree or not.
It may work better on another viewing after time has passed, but there are a lot of paradoxes that are an issue. Its a naturalistic work whose contemplative scenes of human activity are the best and least interesting aspects at the same time and at the end, despite the almost documentary style, ends up being a conventional art cinema drama about family bonds which is treading no new ground or anything substantial.
Slow,tedious,pretentious,annoying,with no character development.Actually, the only character i cared about was Rene,the just retired co worker.
One wonders if some think "art film" because the incestuous relationship was just hanging there,not addressed.