With a screenplay by Alain Robbe-Grillet, this haunting, seminal work of the French New Wave is a dreamlike mosaic taking place at an unusual luxury hotel where a man tries to remind a married woman of the affair they may or may not have had a year prior.
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Robbe-Grillet gave the game away, without ruining the film at all, when he said it's all about persuasion. Indeed, it traces a man's obsessive, passionate urge to *will* a reality into existence for him and his desired. What keeps it going, aside from the sensory hypnosis, is the living uncertainty the actors bring to the love triangle—whether Delphine escapes from the cold labyrinth, or swaps one master for another.
1. I think I get what's really in this movie even though there will be too many holes because the movie itself could be interpreted in at least 7 different way.
2. I saw the poster, it says "one of the most influential movie ever made", I agree and I know which ones they are.
3. A must watch for cinema student or even art student which I think they will abandoned their study afterwards.
Mesmerising beauty: "This story is now over. It is coming to an end. A few seconds more, and it will solidify. Forever in a marble past" — the past as an endless, eternal and silent menagerie of stone — inaccessible. The nebulous realm of thoughts and memories as means of scrutinising, altering and reconciling with experience. A poem in the language of perception. A feverish dialectic of the mind caught on camera.
Possibly one of the most enigmatic films in the history of cinema, entering to Resnais' dreamy masterpiece takes you everywhere and nowhere at the same time, reaching multiple meanings but no truthful answers. An artful exercise in style that merges the notions of time and memory exploiting them into infinity. A personal favorite.
the remarkable editing. the crowds and that game. the ambiguous relationship between the man and the woman. the location especially the garden, these are some unforgetable things in this film with brilliant direction, and oh yes that creepy experience when the woman with swan-like clothes trying to hug you more than once in the last 20 minutes.