In late youth / early adulthood my experience of the many riches of world cinema for the most part involved watching VHS tapes whilst drinking bourbon and smoking joints. Probably not surprising that in this context I was a big fan of Ruiz in general and GÉNÉALOGIES in particular. Now comparatively clear-headed, I do not experience this movies as something that enfolds me, but I still marvel at the berserk invention.
"Truth is absorbed through the eyes", but not if you're dealing with the Franco-Belgian Psychoanalytic Society. Replete with shadows, mirrors, funerals and mind-games, "Genealogies of a Crime" is like Hitchcock meets Robbe-Grillet, but it's pretty much drenched in Ruizian dream logic.
Fascinating script by Ruiz and Bonitzer with a ravishing Deneuve game for its puzzle box structure. Deneuve is quite remarkable here but unfortunately both Piccoli and Poupaud overact this time out. Camera work and set design though subdued are interesting but its the script that sings here with its odd mix of psychology, surrealism and chamber drama. Well worth a watch but not classic Ruiz.