Stanislas Merhar and his wandering gaze, absorbed in his inner fixity, his beauty simultaneously opaque and translucent, the one that should have been Cocteau's "Orpheus" but that with Akerman materialized a journey into the heart of darkness. And it's precisely by this darkness, with Wagnerian chords, that this "captive" film begins and finds a Durasian poesis encrusted in a fearless landscape.
Certainly not a journey for everyone, but it is worthwhile. The most rewarding feature for me was the cinematography, specially for the first half of it. If Zahira's portrayal was better, I believe the whole scenario would also benefit - but this is just someone who hasn't read the book speaking. Anyway, not a bad idea, since the film isn't meant to be 100% accurate. The dreamiest, silent parts are the best ones.
Peculiar adaptación del relato de Conrad, curiosamente hecha en francés y no en inglés, la lengua que el autor más amó. En el fondo es fiel a las emociones desplegadas en el libro, el cual no recuerdo del todo, pero nos deja la sensación que aunque se toma sus libertades lo que le interesa es contar esa misma historia a través de un cine contemplativo en el que la fotografía y la música juegan un papel primordial.
A gorgeous, occasionally difficult fable of colonialism and power structures. I am rarely inspired by adaptations, and though I haven't read Conrad's novel, this has all the makings of an adaptation that impresses me. Personal, fragmented, interpretative. Using the source as inspiration rather than script. Would still read the book afterwards, a rare feat. More like this please!
Dense, difficult but also poetic and stupefyingly beautiful - a story positioned outside of specific time and place, a furious meditation on the impossibility of the coloniser understanding the experience of the colonised. Uneven, at times stultifying, but worth sticking with: extraordinary cinematography and sound editing combine to convey the oppressive and unforgiving force of the literal and symbolic jungle.
Interesante vuelco de la historia en la búsqueda de la individualidad por despecho como escape a los procesos castrantes de crianza. En menor escala también se abordan los procesos de formación de personalidad producto del choque entre lo ajeno y lo propio. Los planos secuencia finales logran cerrar con verdadera fuerza la historia.
I'm sorry to say that this film did not work for me as I hoped it would. Her adaptation of Conrad's book is often fascinating and other times just plain dull. It has nothing to do with pace but the arresting images can not always save the film from a lack of compelling moments.
Hypnotic, dreamy, poetic... Perfectly conveys the feeling of isolation, desperation, loneliness... Watching the film it feels the characters, story are a form of an allegory, they seem to be the symbols of the twilight of collonial power. I loved the dreamy, mysterious atmosphere. Fantastic cinematography and sound. Excellent film!