A great big, witless pile of facile poo. It starts off piss-poor and then, when it finds its rhythm, gets truly fuck-awful. Yes, Sophie Marceau is eminently watchable and the director seems to know where to point the camera but... He really should have pointed it at something else entirely. My. Word.
Using my usual compass, "Maria's Lovers": While Konchalovsky's film is about the incapacity of a man to fulfill his duty and desire to be a husband, Żuławski is about the tension in a woman's decision to be a wife. In both cases they do want to fully go through their wants, they are committed and they do not simply fail in the sense that they betray or give up. It is to go through that brings misery and suffering.
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 film has very distinctive, feel to it - dreamy, subtle, transcendent; just the visual side alone is quite poetic. A film about the difficulty of love, being loyal and staying faithful... There definitely is more to it than the story alone, which leads to my only complaint - some of the characters are so over the top, almost cartoonish, and they clash with the otherwise sublime atmosphere. Still a legend though!
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...↓