I have wanted to see a Rohmer's film for quite a long time already and I finally decided to give it a go with this one. Liaisons dangereuses revisited in a natural, very flirty undertone. Philosophy about love and relationships on higher level. Bearded Brialy together with all women in the cast were absolutely stunning.
They talked too much and touched each other too much and conspired too much and the italian dubbing was strangely awful, Aurora’s voice made me cringe. Aurora’s type of person too. Turn off the volume and made my own movie. It’s about Cortázar spending summer vacation from the UN riding his speed boat on the lake back and forth without purpose and pretending to be Nabokov in a lack of inspiration.
This, in my eyes, accomplishes the difficult task of topping “My Night At Maud’s,” which is what I heard was the high point of Rohmer’s “Six Moral Tales” series. While that film was seductive and entrancing, this one at times transcends, and peeks into the minds of it’s characters in a rare and engrossing way. When Jerome first lays eyes upon Claire’s knee, we almost see it just as he does.
A key to Rohmer's brilliance is the way he allows us to inhabit characters to such an extent that we know when they say one thing, the opposite is entirely true. A sense of inevitability drives them - and us - towards behaviours that humans have never been able to transcend. I love the use of colour of in his films, vital yet muted, they date his films in the best possible way.
Everything looks beautiful and the acting and dialogue is good, but it's so unpleasant to watch characters in their late 30s creep on and manipulate teenagers (who look even younger than that) for their own "impersonal" gratification, even if the movie is about their delusions and isn't really on their side.