This is a dreamy, surreal trip, a subconscious stream of ideas or memories. It seems to revolve around family and man vs woman relationship. Incredible experimental cinematography, amazing use of light and shadow. Impressive and dynamic camerawork that contrasts with the fey "reality". Other-wordly and trippy performances. The lack of sound gives it a slightly haunting, even more dreamy and surreal feeling.
Une expérimentation onirique et symbolique absolument silencieuse, qui oblige à se concentrer sur le rythme, les mouvements, les objets, les contrastes jour / nuit / flashs de lumière... Elle dégage une atmosphère intéressante, entre la poésie du regard de l'enfance et la lassitude de l'âge adulte. Mais ce "conte initiatique" finit par trop durer, en raison de sa lenteur et de son approche obscure et répétitive.
This is somewhat outside the realm of my vocabulary; you see the lonliness of a child through the child's perspective, which makes the adults, as atractive and bohemian as they look, seem petty and childish themselves. Hard to watch without any sound but visually very rewarding with gorgeous images.
Distant and atmospheric, the film tells a tale that in most films would feel mundane. But with the touches and affectations that were brought to the film, the world felt different, strange, and most importantly unique. The film succeeded in drawing in the viewer, not only asking more attention due to the silence, but also demanding us to look at the smaller touches that each character had in each scene. Brilliant.
Completely soundless Oedipal psychodrama shot in exquisite high-contrast B&W. The kind of film so good-looking it could fill a house with framed stills (and the quality of this MUBI print makes it sparkle). So it's a pity the Freudian overtones and staid gender roles make it feel so dated. Couldn't shake the feeling it's more fun viewed as raw footage to make a music video from than as a finished movie.
Experimental silent film. I was able to glean things from it. The beginning especially. Strong use of lighting with the black and white filming. Some visually arresting tracking shots that are intriguing. Overall, however, this wasn't something that I enjoyed or got much out of. I'm sure others who dig this style of cinema would enjoy this more than I did.
This black and white silent film is packed with symbolism presumably drawn on the director's own life experience and particularly the struggles of his parents to raise their only child in the face of adversity. Or possibly not - the director invites interpretation as he presents each scene framed simply but boldly and with the threads of a narrative based on a child's apparent loneliness. A thoroughly unique film.
Will give it another try with 100% attention. Good photography but the symbolism that I imagine holds this thing together was mostly lost on me. Really very silent. Reggio's Visitors has less image and more music, and I think I would have gone for something alike in this case. In an actual theater, it might make more sense.
Il n'as pas de sonore, mais il n'est pas du tout muet ce beau film presque surréaliste — dans sa nature expérimentale, joué sur plusieurs fortes contrastes et un symbolysme puissant. J'ai l'impression d'entendre la voix de l'enfant qui suit ses parents: sont-ils en fuit? La narration a l'air d'un rêve hanté auquel seulement mon cher (en tous sens) anayliste pourrait donner une explication.
PHONY ART. Experimental ou underground? Plutôt un néant artistique. LAFFONT si belle y est moche, l'extraordinaire TERZIEFF y est insignifiant, la palme revient au gosse qu'on fait courir la nuit sur une nationale. === Experimental or underground? More like artistic nothingness. LAFFONT so beautiful is bad, the extraordinary TERZIEFF is insignificant, the award goes to the kid that runs at night on a national road.