The project of minimalist style that marks Garrel's filmmaking reveals here some serious weaknesses: the slack and nearly vacant of drama first part, the incomprehensible masking technique, the self-indulgent sparsity. Yet the melancholy of the neo-romantic tale is effectively communicated in the transcendent parts and the wedlock of photography, mirroring, and psychoanalysis moves in Cocteau territory. Haunting.
Pretty good till the supernatural part. Maybe if Carole wasn't so scaring inside (his mind?) the mirror ... What I specially like about this movie is that the story is very recent (she dies in 2007), but we feel in 70's, without any trace of modern life. Brazilian writer Nelson Rodrigues' words describe very well the movie: "love, if not eternal, wasn't love".
In my humble opinion, I didn't liked the end. For sure is a great movie, with a good concept, great actors and language, but the way they have performed the end was a little bit sad in my perspective. Every time I watch a movie, I try somehow to place him between reality or in what may happen in some kind of someone's life, and in this movie I just think that was 'too much', at the end. But anyway is a great movie.