Nicolas is the oldest son in a wealthy family. He works in a cafe, where he washes dishes and tries to impress the owner’s daughter, who has an abusive boyfriend. One night, he follows his gang in an adventure that is more risky than usual.
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In some ways I am glad that I was born American and fed the Hollywood pablum for so many years because it gives me such an appreciation for French cinema. It's like a fresh breeze, and this one in particular as it glides and slides around like a Swiss watch. This could be a movie without dialogue, as most of it seems unnecessary to understand what's going on. But you do have to watch closely.
This charming film by Iosseliani is a pure delight. You will see traces of both Tati (the comedy of life itself unfolding) and Renoir, mixed with the directors own personal style. The film also has something to say about our perception of the rich/poor and offers a comic look into both worlds. This is a rare treat that I highly recommend and I will certainly look for more of the directors films.
My first taste of Iosseliani won't be my last. Exceptionally well composed film technically with wonderful cinematography by the great William Lubtchansky. The script though interesting never seems to have much of a tale to tell and remains cryptic at best. Strange and distant and that isn't necessarily a criticism.
An example of what David Bordwell calls Network Narrative.The film shift the audience attention across several somewhat linked characters and their goals just like Linklater's Slacker but much better.
The movie has good pace and continuity as we follow entwined events and consequences giving more than what you would get from a single protagonist with a few supporting characters and then an antagonist.
Flawless camerawork, set design, timing and pacing set the film up to be more polished and deliciously comedic than it turns out to be. Instead, it sits a bit awkwardly between absurdist satire and some sort of slice-of-life realism, without ever really filling the promise of either. Still quite fun, full of whimsy and charm. Not the last Iosseliani I'll see.
Great film. All scenes are great little funny stories by themselves within the whole story. Great camerawork and nicely thought mise-en-scene, so all scenes are mostly one of 2 shot ( but full of energy). A lesson in how to make and use mise-en-scene. Masterpiece!
Loved the way all characters flirt with the possibilities of what they could be... or, as Taleb would elucidate: Financial independence, when used intelligently, can make you robust; it gives you options and allows you to make the right choices. Freedom is the ultimate option. This applies -and clearly exemplified by Ioselaini, to both extreme rich & poor... nihil perdidit.
as I understood there is pursuit of passion but this only comes out in the last few minutes of film. every character , their every relationship has shown with equal approaches. in my opinion this behaviour prevents adoption of different personalities inside film... I remember these window scenes from his early film april.same obsessions after many years ... looks like blending of olmi and j p jeunet.