Barely out of his teens, Rémi dreams of becoming a poet and thrilling the world with his powerful and unforgettable verse. Seeking inspiration in the oppressively hot city of Sète, pen and notebook in hand, Rémi is determined to write his poem…
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A beautiful coming-of-age story. While the pacing at the beginning if a bit slow, the minimalist story has you wondering more about Remi and his character. If you can get past the first 15 minutes, you'll find yourself enjoying it's unique take on the genre.
Kinda cute attempt at including some spontaneity in the autorish approach to formal unexceptionableness, but in the end, the absence of a reasoned motif just spoils that Rimbaudian infatuation, and the meta-narrative postlude is a knife in the heart.
Rémi's attempts to become a poet are just hilarious. He's a superb actor and character. Damien has succeeded in creating a funny and yet thoughtful film about artistic inspiration. To me, it is also a film about patience, about slowness...a reminder, in some ways, that art does not come if you force it, but that you have to wait for it. Looking forward to Damien's future projects!
2.5. Alternately humorous and torturous going. An excellent representation of what being young and self-conscious gets you: a lot of agony and not much else. Life is what's happening while you're busy trying to write profound poems. Perhaps un petit anti-depressant pill will enable Remi to proceed to exist with less constant anxiety.
The movie attempts to turn a travelogue about writing a poem into a meditation about the inert space between childhood and adulthood. But the lead is so navel-gazing, so torpid and, at the same time, so full of himself for much of the film that you'll want to stuff his journal down his throat about midway through. This isn't an examination of how to create a poem as much as it is a handbook on what not to do.
"...sea bream, octopus, scorpion fish..." I liked the scene in the bar discussing what his poem will be about, and the wordless scene on the bench with the old man. The walks around the city of Sète were lovely. "Butterfly. Watermelon. Spermbank. Hubcap." I am guessing the failed attempt at being a poet was intentional, but why?
Had a tough time getting through the first half hour but once our young poet meets the object of his desire things fall into place and we end up with this fairly pleasant slice of life. Remi is amusingly clueless.