It's hard to imagine this beginning as a novel - you might as well call it a silent film. Denis' interest in a primarily visual language gives the film its seductive intent; here she successfully conveys through form an idea of desire which has characterised her last few films. It functions as both city symphony and intimate romance, extremes. And of course she never recieves her dues as a sexy filmmaker.
Rien que pour la caméra amoureuse, insidieuse & caressante de DENIS sur Valérie LEMERCIER, sublime, fragile, irrésistible ... Le reste - LINDON aussi sexy qu'un pavé sur lequel on aurait écrasé un mégot - est poétiquement chiant ======= Just for the loving, insidious camera caressing irresistible Valérie LEMERCIER ... The rest is poetically boring & LINDON as sexy as a pad on which someone has crushed a cigarette.
very emotional but in the tenderest way. Claire Denis knows how to translate desire in images, but never in a predatory way; it is a sweet, melancholy celebration of physical attraction. impressive score which although is beautiful in itself, always helps and never impedes the image
Political tract: workers strike---the most radical catalyst affected is by a political dyad, a man/a woman, a couple, estranged civil war. Inscribes the body delicately on surfaces, attentively/affectionately--: a kind glance behind tangled hair. Elaborates Akerman's Toute une nuit, recondite paean, celebratory incidents meshing in anonymity/self emerging: affirming volition, sensuality against politics of isolation.
Parisian romance, dreamy and visually seductive, poetic in nature, employing close-up camera shots to illicit lust and desire, thus creating a warm and seductive fleeting moment between two central characters who, despite the intimacy, exchange minimal dialogue amidst the alloy and blaring horns of a Parisian traffic jam.