Philippe Garrel et le cinéma de l'incandescence qui dévoile avec simplicité et sincérité l'incoercible et fragile mouvance des affects dans une étonnante appréhension du quotidien et de la banalité. Et peu à peu se dégage une sorte d'enchantement cinématographique, rehaussé par cette merveilleuse loquacité des silences et la puissante narration des regards toujours opiniâtre et diserte. www.cinefiches.com
What conceptual clarity!! In a short story, we are shown a glimpse of the complex quick-sands of love. That love which contrasting with the family one (lovely scene sharing nuts), begins with a potential end somewhere in sight (Barthes et.al.). Garrel hints this is tied to french history/culture; but hell no, this Lacanian knot is soooo universal.
Nobody does life like the French. Melodramatic at times perhaps but life can be like that. Garrel is a director I've only recently discovered and this made me want to discover more. http://filmmakermagazine.com/87217-jealousy-or-what-does-philippe-garrel-want
Tiresome. Tedious. Felt like 2 hrs, though it is only 77 min. Yet another portrait of a narcissistic male who never expects his actions to have bad repercussions, and who is dumbfounded to find others may not always think so well of him. The one bright spot was the the woman who plays Claudia. She had an Ingrid Bergman intensity that was intriguing to watch. And her raincoat photographed well in black & white.
Beyond admiring this movie, I loved it. It touched me in a way that only the rare "small film" does. It was as poignant and nuanced as it gets. Just observe the faces! All of them. The visual framing was frequently breathtaking. Congratulations, MUBI, for this selection!
Highly mannered acting. Maybe I don't have as much sympathy for pretty people problems. Or actors in general. I don't identify with these people. They tend to portray working in an office as drudgery. I understand office work wouldn't be great for actors, but then I'd hate to be an actor.
Drops into my life right now like a talisman. Garrel's greatest accomplishment is that he hasn't killed himself, bien sûr (a peripheral character's invocation of young Werther is not only apt, but a long time coming). Perhaps one of the great gifts of sobriety is that I can now watch a Garrel movie without putting my own life at risk. We can now sleep (alone).