Michel plans one last fling before being sent to Algeria on military service. Only slowly does he realise that the girls he takes with him on holiday love him for who he is, not for what he pretends to be.
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35mm. Indie Lisboa # 1. How is it that a 56-year-old film is as fresh and new as it should have been on its opening? How is it that such improvisation, full of sudden movements, intuitive travellings, light and pop music all the time, and so much lightness, can still captivate us as if all that was being created at this moment, before our eyes and ears, and not then? The most beautiful european film of the 60s?
Brimming with spontaneity, this nouvelle vague specimen is based on improvisations and non-professional cast; it makes its point about the juxtaposition between life and war (as the hero is drafted to fight in the Algerian front) freed from moralizing. It mocks cinema itself and defers romanticism to infinity as it celebrates the occasion of a ménage à trois with a gentle formalism and beautiful landscape scenes.
3,5. I demand sentiment without sentimentality! I see know why I cannot stand for those kinds of movies. However, it has some criteria, innovation although every piece of it ooze the shallow leads. Somehow, capturing rather than standardized kitsch.
Une petite histoire racontée avec un grand souci d'authenticité, de spontanéité et de vivacité. Premier long métrage de Jacques Rozier où le charme et la gaité se partagent allègrement l'écran en toute jeunesse et sympathie...
Our Daily Free Stream (...)Ein Amateur Film, vermutlich mit zu vielen Dialogen und dabei etwas prätentiös - aber mit dem Swing der Nouvelle Vague! Wundervolle Bilder, Paris im Tango Rhythmus und ein Soundtrack voller Popstücke der Zeit. Irgendwie bekommt man richtig Lust dabei, es selbst einmal zu versuchen!