The film relies vividly on familiar urban sounds to give dimension to the intangibility of the protagonist's inner journey. The audience is led into a dance of experimental compositions and multi exposure photography obtained by the artistic juxtapositions of elements and as outlined in the protagonist's sketch art book. We feel like we are embracing emptiness which is reminiscent of Michelangelo Antonioni's style.
I wasn't sure about this to begin with but gradually it won me over. I found the sequences that played with perspective, depth and reflection particularly enticing. It's a film that requires patience, there may not be a pay off but it does allow for some sort of visual meditation.
A cross between CCTV footage, experimental school essay & micro-diary. The film is rather pointless, challenges preconceptions about cinema & leaves you a tad catatonic. Not that a film of this nature should not exist, certainly it has its merits & surely could well end up being the seed for bigger future enterprises, however most viewers will be left with an inconsolable vacuum as it currently stands. Laure jet'aime
This film seemed to expand for me upon reflection. Well shot, with interesting sound recording. A slightly creepy young man's search for a woman over 3 nights. Not exactly riveting viewing, more a piece of abstract modern poetry who chooses to be deliberately - an a tad sexually - ambiguous. Ambitiously unambitious... *In fact, lead character quite unappealing, and as I said, creepy.
Saw this at the cinema when it was released and couldn't make my mind up whether it was extremely dull or beautifully droll. I still think it's both but seeing it again, the humour came through more strongly. The main man looks and acts as though he has stepped straight out of Flaubert. His obsessive reworking of a single event from years before is poignant but ultimately futile. As for 'Sylvie', oh my word ...
Whilst there's no real story, plot or dialogue to speak of, director José Luis Guerín uses the images and sounds of Strasbourg to stunning (and poetic) effect. The people, the faces, the chatter, the cafés and the architecture are all interwoven into something uniquely artful. I loved it. 4.5