Michel has stolen from his employer, Mr Bellanger, for the love of Juliette. He is now in jail. One night, while sleeping in his cell, he wakes up all of a sudden, the gates open and he finds himself in a strange village where all the inhabitants have lost their memory.
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A gorgeous to look at excursion to fantasy by the great Carné has considerable merits if one is willing to bracket some dated aspects in the storyline. The mise-en-scène enjoys a transparency, greatly due to Alekan's marvellous work, that serves superbly the dream within which Michel pursues the ideal. Philosophically, there are serious issues to consider about memory, the function of lethe and human choice.
This movie evoked (unintentionally) some strong personal emotions in me...the "city of lost memories" reminded me of a loved one's Alzheimer's, and the ending evoked unrequited love...now I feel the urge to listen to the Cranberries...¶ cuz you're a dream to me, dream to me ¶ corny I know....
Il sorriso appuntito e splendente di Philipe, i suoi occhi limpidissimi (capaci di testimoniare, con la stessa efficacia, amore assoluto e assoluta disperazione), perfezionano un film già di per sé molto bello.