In silence and black white, the focus is on a sole visage, that of a fallen 40-year-old star, Jean Seberg fifteen years after Breathless, struggling with alcohol, fear, loneliness, chemical dependence and dementia.
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3,5 Selenar monochrome, affective ebb & flow. "What special affinities appeared to him to exist between the moon and woman? Her antiquity in preceding and surviving succeeding tellurian generations: her nocturnal predominance: her satellitic dependence: her luminary reflection: her constancy under all her phases, rising and setting by her appointed times, waxing and waning: the forced invariability of her aspect: her
The director's intent may only be known to him for meaning is certainly left up to the individual viewer. This silent exercise in expression, melancholy and perhaps depression is affecting but one wonders at how much is genuine versus complicit.
The cinematic face is a topography traversed by intensities. The subject of LES HAUTES SOLITUDES is intensities, generally malevolent. I see in the faces here (especially Jean Seberg's) maps of my own suffering (I have my own experiences w/ addiction and mental illness). I have never witnessed these things rendered so purely (not even in prose). One of the greatest works of art I have ever encountered.
Maybe I'm too pretentious or froggy friendly but watching Jean Seberg, Nico & others make sad, thoughtful faces for 80 min in complete silence is valid to me. This movie makes me regret Seberg not working with Bergman- she had Liv Ullman chops but didn't get to show them as often.. Don't see how this relates to Nietsche's Antichrist like the site description says but what do I know? Not for everybody but lovely.