I can't help being reminded of Mulholland Dr. I'm pretty sure Mr. Lynch is heavily influenced by this film. Although many movies dealt with this topic, (parallel storylines of ambiguous realities) this film succeeds in keeping tension and mystery intact till the end. Furthermore, it has several striking images that will remain in my mind for a long time.
It's strange but nobody seems to watch Twin Peaks in here. With no doubt of a reason, David Lynch watch it prior, and never said. The same atmosphere, photograph, strange characters, subconsciousness, dialogues. It's a lost masterpiece, ignored. If the critics (or Mr. Lynch) payed a very well tribute to this,
believe me: All this people who hated this movie would instantly adore it. It's sad but that's life...
The film reminds us of the fantastic ambitions that the medium is capable of scaling. The parapsychological, dream-logic or illogicalities weave an illusion of escape, realization of fantasies, a betrayal of faith, the films inhabit in the skin of the medium. Robbe-Grillet's cinema reminds me of something Ruiz once said,"film is a form of anti-religion-a free zone capable of producing perpetual disbelief."
Surreal and gothic, on the side of spiritism, vampire lore and psychological traps, this is not just a movie about a man's obsession with a woman. You can't really pin down everything that it is, actually. In my opinion, it's full of symbolism and offers more than meets the eye. I thought it was superb! On the visual side, it definitely was.
Un film assez intéressant. Robbe-Grillet évite bien certains écueils de la représentation de structures oniriques en film-live. Mais le film présente des grosses longueurs, notamment dans sa 2e partie qui a eu sur moi des effets soporifiques (le comble pr un film traitant du rêve!). De même, le potentiel érotique du film est désormais complètement désamorcé, 30 ans après sa création (surtout après One room in Rome).