These are the high solitudes, brilliant autopsy about existential wandering, feeling of loss, the impossibility to communicate, innocence and the search of purity in love. Poetically fascinating and humanly compelling with a minimum of elements as in many Bresson's films !
Pierre Lhomme shot this to perfection - the cinematography is striking and with the acting typically Bresson, he manages to pull out real visceral romance through colour, depth of field and visually ambient panning. The first I've seen of Bresson in colour and his minimalist style is even more effective and affecting here than his earlier films - although the dudes repeatedly showed super creepy behaviour...
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 =)
Four serene nocturnes glimmering on the milieu of 70s Paris paint the scenery for pursuit of the elusive female image. Desire becomes unquenchable, facilitating the necessity of dream, but the naivety of medieval chivalry serve no place or purpose in feminist "liberation" and disillusionment of withdrawn, contemporary existence. Following the death of romance, the truth seeker is bound to a life of solitude.