About as perfect as films get. Imbued with a dreamlike haze, each frame carries the texture of a half-remembered memory: the ideal aesthetic for a film built around the reminiscences of the titular dreamer, who will linger in the fond memories of his four intimate nights for the remainder of his life. The best of all the 'White Nights' adaptations and the sexiest film ever made.
It's like I've just awoken from the most beautiful dream I've ever had. I feel too emotional after being exposed to such lovely sounds, song, gestures, words and lighting that I can't believe such beauty as this could even exist. Was it a film or a dream? I rate this film with as many stars as there are in the sky.
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 =)