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.
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.
A charming, wonderful documentary about an artist, specifically their work and the feelings and ideas that motivate an artist and that an artist develops in a lifetime of work. Also, I didn't know anything about the subject, which is the true mark of a strong bio-doc.
I found the beginning and middle very interesting.
I liked what she had to say about the camera, photography, aging, etc, but after a while it went on too long. Some parts needed editing and the film could have been a little shorter. Good job by the filmmaker.