Clelia (Sophie Marceau) is a distinguished Canadian photographer who moves to Paris with her ailing mother after accepting a contract with a French tabloid, in Andrzej Żuławski’s update of La princesse de Cleves.
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I was lost in all the surfaces. Imagine Polanski's Compulsion but with a character who cannot find intimacy with anyone, even herself. The composition
of the shots was amazing, reminded me of Fassbinder's Welt am Draht. "Mabrouth goes off to war...beef broth and onions...not knowing when he will return." Photo of the boy studying at a desk floating in the air during the chaos of the gun fire. Pascal Greggory amazing.
A great film with amazing performances by the main actors. Zulawski's style is at his best and the film shows some moments of pure grace, out of the chaos which exists in his universe. Really, a great film about time, love and fidelity.
All this film needs is an editor. The first hour is fairly normal, and then it's crazy time. The crazy has to be established better early on or the outbursts seem to come out of nowhere. Sophie is that blank slate that others project their desires onto. After years of making films about crazy people the film itself is crazy.
Andrzej Żuławski is my persistent puzzle.I may never fully "get" his work but the crypticism is of allure instead of repulsion.I think all his oeuvre is about the impossibility of penetration: psychologically,hermeneutically,sentimentally. Fidelity is a 3-hour fever dream of sexless love and loveless sex.Marceau's pictures are all blurs.She takes photos as a way of crying. Companion to Oliveira's "La Lettre". ↓↓
The cinematography is outstanding, the camerawork so fluid, really impressive. The film has very distinctive, artistic feel to it. I'd say this is a film about the difficulty of love, being loyal and staying faithful... There are other elements too, which leads to my only complaint: while the film has very powerful moments, at the same time it lacks of focus, but rather is drifting through all the different ideas...