Only watched the theatrical version so I'm holding off full judgement till I've seen the director's cut. However, I absolutely loved the use of colour in this film – so vibrant and provocative. Some scenes were a little over the top, which came across a touch too comedic, or at the very least ironic, and tended to break my immersion when I was trying to stifle inappropriate giggles at otherwise serious moments.
another one that reinforces destructive and boring myths of a woman as sub-rational, crazy, hysterical, primal, "natural," dangerous femme fatale/unhinged seductress/fragile childlike figure that needs constant male protection etc. etc. This is every Picasso painting and Baudelaire poem and Wagner opera and Hollywood movie. So tiresome.
Photography is amazing with some of the best photography I have encountered in a long while. The character study is interesting, ringing closer to home than what many of us are comfortable with. The script itself lacks rhythm somewhat and some of the surrealist scenes feel a bit like coming out of nowhere. I can't believe it took me so long to actually see this having known about it for ages.
Beineix can not hide his capital sins with a string of glossy shots infused in colour lights. Cheap comic acts, shallow treatment of mental illness and self-indulgent eroticism are what Beineix' Cinéma du look has to offer, a melting pot of poor and vague ideas good enough as long as the wrapping is colourful and shinny. It beggars belief how shallow and vague it all feels after a 180-minute long feature.
Shocking French misogynism, but beautifully shot. Plot: guy meets hot chick, guy likes to screw hot chick, hot chick becomes "difficult" every month or so, goes crazy, so guy decides he's had enough and smothers her in her hospital bed. Guy now much happier and writes books while smoking Gauloise and talking to his cat. But having said all that, the first half of the film is great.
Betty Bender, more like! This is an engrossing three hours of French bi-polar mayhem. Had it been set in the US, there would have been multiple firearm fatalities within the first hour, but the French mileux gives us a more relaxed context for the display of Betty's psychological condition, her hot bod and her on-off-on-off-on relationship. The tragic ending is inevitable and moving.