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222 Ratings

À l'aventure

Directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau
France, 2008


A beautiful young woman decides to change course in her life after several philosophical conversations with a taxi driver. She loses her boyfriend, picks up a psychiatrist in a bar and ends up in a sexual experiment that gets out of hand, looking for the ultimate orgasm.

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À l'aventure Directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau

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  • le Gars's rating of the film À l'aventure

    Brisseau films pleasure as a mystical secret. À l'aventure is about the connection between the visible and the invisible. One of the main characters says that the way we see things and beings is "predigested". Brisseau asks us: is it possible to return to an "untutored eye"? Does it exist?

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film À l'aventure

    Post-script to the director's masterpiece, Exterminating Angels; blending his usual themes of sexuality, psychoanalysis, the fantastique. I'm not as certain about what it all means here. Maybe it's the act itself - the process, the attempt to conjure the spirits and to experience the ecstasy of a past life - that provides its own meaning? Perhaps its just a veiled insight into JCB's own methodology, or his approach?

  • Leigh Collins's rating of the film À l'aventure

    Like watching a film made by a spoiled 19-year-old who thinks he's a genius auteur. Ridiculous unnatural dialogue, stilted direction and laughable use of music. The penultimate scene made me want to take the director by the lapels and shake him until he tearfully admitted his crimes against cinema.

  • Joséphine's rating of the film À l'aventure

    Despite its very poor cinematic means (bad plotline, poor dialogue, flat characters), the movie works like a funambulist, always on the verge of ridicule. However, the use of the off-camera space and the emphasis on the voice of the actors is really clever. And its subject matter (the power of desire as a revealer of an absolute, hidden behind the day to day life) is a powerful one, addressed by Cronenberg or Bunuel.

  • alhimself-'s rating of the film À l'aventure

    This is a film that likes to look at women. It also asks some questions about how we live our lives. I'm not certain it answers them. It's mostly to do with free will, and the choices we make that enslave us, and the possibilities of pleasure in slavery. I watched most of it on the London Underground in rush hour and occasionally thought about switcing it off because it just looked like porn. But I didn't.

  • Superfrog's rating of the film À l'aventure

    I wish I could give it more. This existentialism debate meets erotic cinema could have been good, but the relationships between the characters feel entirely shallow and utilitarian. I wish there were good realisation with similar ends but with a better design and realisation overall, the new wave has plenty of philosophy meets life films.

  • Jeremy's rating of the film À l'aventure

    A terrible car crash between Rohmer-esque musings on life and truly dreadful soft porn. Nothing and nobody emerges unscathed from this disaster with the possible exception of the taxi driver. Condolences to all involved and their extended families. Really very bad indeed.

  • Luke Corradine's rating of the film À l'aventure

    This is no masterpiece. Some of the criticism exposed by the other viewers is certainly justified however, I believe that any piece of fine cinema has to be able to transport you to a certain place and time. I feel this film does and in fact I felt myself morbidly checking on some of the shooting locations. Bonjour Tristesse interestingly displays similar failures and virtues albeit in a completely different style.