I suspect that the heavenly-envision'd nobody-would-have-dared-imagine collaboration between Philippe Garrel and über-scenarist Jean-Claude Carrière is responsible for a kind of conceptual bird's-eye-view marionette-play sensibility here, as well as a radical concision. Garrel has never previously served a cut w/ this little fat on it. And this is in strictest respect comédie. The least haunted Garrel I have seen.
I've been getting into Garrel's works recently, and what makes him special are undoubtedly the incredible build ups you see in his films. Like the one he had going on in this film, concerning the struggle of an couple who both are artists. Watching this, it's not the love triangle story one would expect, but the film's unpredictability is what i like best about it.
On se trouve forcément un peu démuni et sans paroles circonstancielles adéquates et pertinentes, lorsqu'un film dégage autant de confondants superlatifs dans des plages aussi variées que la mise en scène, le scénario et le jeu des acteurs. Une intrigue universelle et primitive où s'ébattent et se consument des inquiétudes, des manques et des acteurs d'une époustouflante présence… www.cinefiches.com
It’s difficult not to look at this and see a parody of an intellectually minded French drama. The black and white photography, adulterous story line and Nouvelle Vague stylings, make this an almost perfect (and laughable) crystallization of a certain kind of pretentious “art” cinema. Thankfully, Garrel is a great filmmaker and his execution of this delicate miniature is as clichéd as masterfully concise and precise.
It is a film that, in all its right, chooses to remain uncomplex towards its complex characters. However, there is nothing left but that, and this kind of human quasi-drama lollygagging ouroboros is brutally uninteresting. Good ending. It's a decent approach to a distinctly classical (and french) trope but also - especially at this point in a career - what does this really offer?
Gostei muito do contraste que se insinua entre a irreparável tristeza do casal protagonista e uma guerra mundial que, em comparação com o quotidiano destes dois, nos parece absurdamente cheia de vida. A cinematografia também me agradou bastante. E é só. Quanto ao resto: ou não gostei, ou nem sequer reparei.