Pretty boring but it's a really good kind of boring. Agnes Godard photography kept my eyes on the screen. Really frustrating to see less than one minute of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. And the whole last scene of the film we had to see Depardieu's monkey proboscis. He was never very handsome but now it is painful to look at him. I watched this movie with my friend who kept asking "How much longer before it's over?"
It seems more like a stunt than a film. Let's get La Binoche and Depardieu together in a film after he insults her for no good reason. It's not even a Denis film. Everyone tries to get Binoche in bed, and then treats her badly. She wanders around wondering what to do. She's less of an actor these days and more of a movie star. Who thought this was a good idea?
One of the most reflective yet maudlin directors gives into whimsy with this lighter look at love and sex after fifty. Binoche is quite brilliant here in her portrayal of a woman who often gives into her carnal obsessions while still expecting to find love late in life. Well cast and written but seems so out of character for Claire Denis that its often jarring to watch.
Digital. From Barthes' "Fragments d'un discours amoureux", is made a romanesque(!) wordy script with the insufferability of seeing a mature actress redoing her 85 role in the film "Rendez Vous", emotionally chatting with male partners while observed by a rhetoric camera, immensely bourgeois, stressing an idea of sensibility. From "J'ai Pas Sommeil" until this movie, much was lost with Claire Denis.
An irritating film, probably by intent. Denis' latest is built on circles and repetitions, a pattern of hope, sex, love, and caprice that could live up to a profound thesis if its heroine's actions registered as complex instead of incoherent. It does make dating Juliette Binoche seem unappealing, which is something. And it gets a bonus for a good dance scene and the right ending, which justifies going nowhere.
I found this to be one of the most accessible films of Denis and even though the main character remains inaccessible,the great Juliette Binoche makes you care about a character I probably would become frustrated by in real life.
Claire Denis is a great director, but this is one of her minor works- way too wordy and light for its own good. There are things to like about it, namely Denis' signature color palette and the performance by Juliette Binoche. It's not a bad film, just not a great film and a disappointment...