An unconventional portrait of several young women at the threshold of adulthood. Obliquely inspired by Bela Bartok’s sole opera, Bluebeard’s Castle is radically transposed within the alternating milieux of work and repose in Buenos Aires and Punta del Este.
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Ooof, I don't know. GIRLS the tv-show is insufferable but at least it has a plot and no gimmicky "inspired by opera" device. Legitimate issues are hinted at but abandoned for some sort of baseless indulgence in the visuals. I thought it was a film made by someone in film school but surprised to find out the director was quite accomplished. In my opinion: lazy but pretty. Like a young adult, haha.
I certainly liked the story and the music, but didn't see how they related. I think the director just liked the music, and decided to use it. He could have used a wide variety of music to achieve a similar goal, but pairing it with this particular opera, Bluebeard, has some very specific connotations.
Thank you, Mubi! This is why I am here. Excellent synopsis and Our Take, too. The emotions and stirrings during that crossing from childhood to adolescence and then to adulthood can seem grandiose, but are truly a tragic threshhold. Opera is grandiose and tragic. The Bluebeard connection is great and the mysteries are allowed to grow. Architecture and sets. Paintings. Beautifully formal and conceptual structure.
An unconventional look at privilege and how this affects a series of young women in their most mundane - but at the same time subjectively interesting to follow - daily activities and intimate vicissitudes. Solnicki's eye is intrusive, anti-narrative and quietly observational; with its slow-burning pace, the film's strongest skill is that of photographing a world that feels visionary and yet inesorably honest.
Solnicki mocks normieness for over an hour for no apparent reason other than, I'm guessing, disgust. He may really hate bourgeois women, as for me, I know I really hate these ones. Of course Solnicki gives little in the way reason to do otherwise. It is almost unbearable at times, but there is something to his method of cynicism. In making the effort to avoid almost any trace of individuality in his story and...
The apathy and laziness of its characters seem to infect the plot quite badly (with an exception of the very ending). What we're left with are the visuals - beautiful and enchanting enough to make these 72 minutes a pleasant experience.