Barcelona university philology professor Pinto leads a simulated university seminar on women’s roles in inspiring art and historical literary muses, attended entirely by actresses. Their objections to his arguments are sharp and profound—as are the professor’s post-class discussions with his wife.
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Ah, much child-drivel predominates in the MUBI discourse around this extraordinarily illuminating investigation (and it clearly was an investigation; it sets out to discover itself). We start w/ the theoretical. Theory as collective intoxicant. The charm of academy. We descend into practice ... and into something wretched and sobering. Love and desire. Indeed, literature is their ideal domain. Life is a mess.
Part of the new wave of post-language digital cinema: A constructed experiment that constantly risks falling into the masturbatory and irrelevance that are associated with its heavily academic texture but that always manages to skirt that pitfall: like a blooming flower, the very deliberate games of thought thrown back and forward by these character-people give way to REAL, genuine moments that I'm sure [cont.]
A very fatiguing movie in its weary formal solutions (the constant transparencies through glasses, the tremblant exposition of meaningful dialogues) and in its scholastic variant of documentary-fiction, not to mention a domestic idea of poetry as a salvific transcription of the world. Too much pret-a-porter "spirit" in a film where i would like to save the stimulating presence of the teacher's wife.
Wow, yeah, I understand. This film is handjob film. This film is for critics who are dedicated his heart to patriarchy & exhibit his penis. Vomitingly dreadful, pathetically macho garbage. That's the way you're, JLG.
What the fuck happened Guerin? Hard to believe an auteur who made Sylvia and Train of shadows - both such wonderful form, and light, can make something like this.. May well be one of the worst films I've from a filmmaker I used to admire a lot. Since Sylvia he has been on a real decline.