Undoubtedly influential on the French new wave and especially Antonioni. It's admirable in that context for sure, but it doesn't really stack up to what came from it's impact. It's frankly kinda dull. I don't mind a film that meanders at all if it's at least interesting, but I couldn't find anything in this couple's history. Rather I wish it had been solely focused on this town which was the best part of the film.
Dans un style sophistiqué, avec des dialogues finement ciselés, une réflexion précieuse sur le mariage, avec en arrière-plan, un tendre documentaire sur la vie quotidienne dans un village de pêcheurs fidèles à leurs traditions, désormais révolue, un film, enfin, qui embrasse la condition humaine : les oeuvres d'A. Varda ne laissent décidément pas indifférent.
The film consists of two stories in the idyllic La Pointe Courte: a struggling married couple, whose story is told in a poetic and experimental (for the time) form, and the townspeople -chiefly the fishermen- fighting for their survival, a story that's told with careful realism. It's beautifully shot and there's some great acting. The film is charming, real and evokes feelings of nostalgia. It's simply beautiful.
Neorealism meets new wave. It is indeed a great debut. Varda's aesthetics is really charming but the way she uses it is sometimes too frugal. I should rewatch it one day, for I feel it would grow on me then. It's a very mature movie as for a beginning fimmaker. There are cats everywhere and sometimes comic gags (e.g. family meeting).
In my opinion, Varda is a criminally under-appreciated director. Her films always capture the human condition in all its beauty and complexity. "La Pointe Courte," her first feature film, is no different. Against the backdrop of a working class fishing village, a couple grapples with the ways in which love changes over time.
A crime--a transaction gone wrong. A trip of solitude--a broken relationship. Neighborhood gossip--a dead child. Varda's first film is a beautiful and honest film of cause and effect. That is not to say that these things directly caused their matching consequence, but they pair up nicely and are interesting to think about. The cinematography pairs seamlessly with the dialogue. Recommended.
fine early varda. her use of sound here is just like resnais marienbad which is no accident considering that her editor here was resnais. her style is concerned with links and sequences and is poetic to behold. for an early film she has incredible poise and vision. she also probes marriages and the loss of and lack of love as well as antonioni or bergman. look at this film to see why she is an all time great.
A striking debut. Existential reportage. Impressionistic and deeply felt. It is clear that Varda was radically inspired by the films Rossellini made in the early 50s with Ingrid Bergman. The collaboration here with Alain Resnais says a great deal about where these extraordinary artists were coming from in the early stages of their remarkable careers .
"...and by the inhabitants of Pointe Courte" . I love Agnes; right up front she credits the locals with telling the story; juxtaposing real life passion with the cool detachment of theater. The beauty lies in the compositional detail. A film to watch again, without the audio track. Bravo! Varda, a true and original artiste.
adorable film, full of bright insights and so significant to the movie history, specially to the new wave one, that you love it right from the start. the extras from the criterion edition are just the shortest way to fall in love with agnès as well... long life to varda!