The ‘dreamer’ is Jacques, a young painter, who by chance runs into Marthe as she’s contemplating suicide on the Pont-Neuf in Paris. They talk, and agree to see each other again the next night. Gradually, he discovers that her lover promised to meet her on the bridge that night…
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Having already seen In The City of Sylvia; I now see how Guerin was influenced by this film. That being said, I will be one of the few souls who think Sylvia is a far superior work, and Guerin a far far more interesting auteur to Bresson. But cinema has to start somewhere, and many auteurs who were influenced by Tarkovsky surpassed Tarkovsky in my opinion =)
Like with Bresson's Trial of Jeanne d'Arc, this is a great film on its own, but becomes more fascinating when watched side by side with the other version of the work. In this instance the other film is Luchino Visconti's Le Notti Bianche, and the source is Dostoyevsky's White Nights- Still this is a great, and under seen (needs restoration and redistribution ASAP!), achievement from one of cinema's masters!
This is now my favourite Bresson film. Not only is the precision there, but it's also very funny and sexy, too. Every image is created with consummate care, every edit exact. The new 35mm print is something to behold, the couleurs are vivid, the film feels alive. Oh, and the hands. Gorgeous. <',))(