Oh man, what an overly long nearly 3h mess of a film! I usually enjoy Zulawski but this seemed like the kind of film to start with a well settled premise, only to progressively degenerate into something else, as if the director forgot what he wanted to do at first, trying to reconstruct the movie during its making while delving in other unrelated areas at the same time.
Durant la première heure, l'habituelle hystérie dans la réalisation se présente plus statique et plus bridée, donnant à l'ensemble, un intérêt certain, un climat pertinent, une sorte de partition émotionnelle habitée. Puis tout s'étiole lamentablement dans un débordement frénétique où l'excès, la saturation se partagent les scènes avec le ridicule et la bêtise associés goulûment... www.cinefiches.com
El film más flojo de Żuławski. No llega a los niveles de "L'Amour braque" o "Lo importante es amar". Tiene ciertos guiños de absurdidad que no lo salvan de ser un simple y débil ensayo de 159 minutos. Lo bueno: Los últimos 20 minutos (no se porque lo asocio siempre con ¡David Lynch!)
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...
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.
Fidelity is a strange and sporadic story of a woman who is living her life with a sort of detachment from her own personal happiness, making many of her major life decisions based on the happiness of those around her- call her a people-pleaser, if you will. Clelia herself is a well developed character in my opinion, it's too bad she ended up in a film that wasn't able to quite land its own identity...↓
the organ-trafficking subplot is awful and feels like it was dropped in from a different movie. and the ending is so melodramatic and silly that i felt embarrassed while watching it. but everything else is strange and wonderful. the music/sound editing is beautiful and evocative, and sophie marceau is completely riveting.
FIDELITY is an apt introduction to Zulawski's sensibilities as a filmmaker. Tight and professional grade visual and audio work mixed with a lightness and ease in the actor's performances that can only come from a director who knows the nuances of literature. Few directors could ever capture the essence and feeling of a 17th century novel in a 20th century film, but Zulawski and his actors succeed in a big way.
Sometimes, because of the busyness of live I start watching a film and finish it next day but I was hooked on something I cannot describe, something which did not let me just leave. Beautiful story, beautiful cinematography, beautiful Sophie Marceau. Not only. It is a bit of a psychological riddle with so many answers on the surface but yet slipping away. It seems more simple than it is. Still under its spell.