"...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?
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.
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!