Breaker of taboos, icon, superstar and avant-gardist – to capture the person, the “phenomenon” Charlotte Rampling is a cinematic adventure that can only succeed by being as brave in doing so as she has been throughout her career.
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Charlotte Rampling is a fascinating and complex person - that's what makes her a great actress, she brings that complexity to her roles. What's really fabulous about this biopic is that instead of telling her story in a linear fashion, it is she who tells us, not about her career, but about who she is, in eight segments structured like a book of poetry: exposure, resonance, demons, age, taboo, love, death and desire.
I was a bit nervous going into this one, as a fan of Rampling. A doc about a movie star pondering their own mystique/image? It sounds like an unbearable monster of pretension and narcism that I was afraid would ruin her for me. While it is ponderous & flattering, it has its charms. It certainly makes you want to be in her circle of friends, full of artists & writers, like reality tv for people with taste.
Cinematic coffee table nonsense. An occasionally stylish but often indulgent variation on a familiar theme of navel gazing complete with pseudo-musings on all manner of scratched surfaces. Rampling is an enigmatic figure - that’s part of her allure - but you’re still none the wiser at the end of this as what makes her tick, which was probably her intention. Then why allow yourself to be presented in this manner?
This film essay is like binge watching the Charlotte Rampling reality show with cool as hell guest stars and it is candid on many topics but I wish her enemies were also there to interact with her as well. Maybe that will be in the sequel!
a rambling look into the thoughts that happen to pop into ms. rampling's head. it would have been better if the director gave the film more focus or probed deeper. for instance, when rampling says it's better to be a monster than to be nice, it's a provocative statement that is not interesting in and of itself. what is interesting is why she thinks that. but unfortunately that question is never asked.
Rampling fascinated me when I was young. (She is five years my senior.) Her mysterious and beautiful presence drew me in. Alas, now years later, I found her real person of little interest to me. I couldn't finish the film. I just couldn't engage. Sorry, Charlotte.
Utterly Enthralling. Knowing nothing about Charlotte Rampling going into watching, it made me only deeply curious about her art. Her thoughts about such a variety of subjects, from acting to love to death, are fascinating, and say less about art and more about the experience of living, in front of a camera and away from it. Reflective and mesmerizing.