Not being impressed by mid-to-late Chabrol too much, I didn't feel the need to check his early works. What a mistake. This is great, for reasons too many to enumerate here. For one thing, it has that perfect balance between realism and poetry, incidental and archetypal, that only the best filmmaking can offer. In terms of relatability, it certainly tops everything from the ensuing nouvelle vague.
Le beau Serge, c'est le beau Serge, premier chef d'oeuvre de Chabrol, parfois la grâce creative, la justesse cinématographique des scènes guident les premiers pas d'un grand réalisateur, c'est le cas ici. Parfois leur oeuvre est servie par des acteurs géniaux c'est le cas, le trio merveilleux dont l'immense Bernadette Lafont. On peut aussi entendre que le problème des territoires oubliés est une vielle affaire....
Very good debut by Chabrol, although the melodramatic end is a bit disappointing. It suggest that there is hope for Serge while in reality you know the efforts by Francois are without meaning. I wonder why no one mentions the homo-erotic tension there is between Francois and Serge.
If this was the first film of the French New Wave I cannot really say, but it was the first of the Chabrol's fascinating career, with great performances and a gorgeous cinematography, and presenting us a bleak portrait of human decadence in a provincial town. http://filmotrope.com
What surprised me is the film's attitude to women. They treated as though they were just tools in the rights of passage for young men. When Marie is raped our main character does not stay to comfort her, he runs off to beat up the old man and then to his room to cry. Serge says it is normal - that the old man has done well to resist doing it before. And let's not forget that Serge had also raped her when she was 15.
mr chabrol est virtuose, deux mondes se heurtent et a travers ce fracas il nous donne a voir des personnages frappant et puissant. dans un décor sublime grâce au travail de la photo. la psychologie est fine et vrai, les acteurs fabuleux, sincères . il a su montrer l'humain dans sa nature profonde sans trop exagéré, questionnant des situations pouvant paraitre choquante ,avec simplicité.
A solid movie, made even more impressive that it was Claude Chabrol's first film. Good acting, good dialogue (even though character's spoke their mind a bit too much), and a great representation of small towns (of which I am a native of). I'm a much bigger fan of this compared to other French New Wave debuts like 400 Blows and Breathless. The score was pretty awful though.
This film is like a sequel to the Irish dramatist Brian Friel's Philadelphia Here I Come with an undercurrent of unrequited love between the two main characters, Francois and Serge which results in a violent confrontation. Repression, jealousy, love, all strong human emotions, are the central story to this beautifully made film.