Varda and Resnais working on the same film? How could it fail? A proto-new wave film about poor lower class fisherman life but mixed with some martial drama as well. Interesting plot and a unique film overall, from camera shots, pacing, etc. A standard bearer and must see for fans of Chabrol, Godard, Truffaut, Resnais. 4.5 stars
The camera work with its slow and tender movements is magnificent. I also liked the symbolic structuring of the visuals related to the couple (underlined by Pierre Barbaud's slighlty artificial score) and its contrast to the sequences related to the everyday life of the villagers (with use of folk music tunes). And you can see that Agnès Varda loves cats...
Wonderful snapshot of a time and place in time. the fishermens story is most relevant to the situation our planet finds it self in now with toxicity and dwindling food sources and survival. Just loved the style of this film. Rather more an ethnobiographical-docu-drama.A beautifuly crafted dual narrative handled with great subtlty.Very worth while.
The vibrant contrast between the "instinctive", colourful life of the fisher folk and the wordy, intellectualising agonising of the couple (she so Parisian) is fine but the film founders on the wooden performances of the latter, in my opinion. Otherwise it's well worth watching from an ethnographic viewpoint. The waterborne "jousting" scene is remarkable.
Ay varda! What a melancholic story, sadly beautiful as the couple detachedly analyse their relationship on a background of striking images and angles. Constantly you're alert to the coarse and rugged aesthetic of village life. It celebrates the realness of this lifestyle and tries to unfold the mystique, secrets and illusion of love (if one can). ayaya, what subtext she writes..
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.