Set in Nantes over the span of a few days, this story of love stories crossing paths, of life teeming with co-incidences and missed chances conveys the spirit of the early French New Wave and the graceful cinema of Max Ophüls.
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The rigid geometry of varying encounters that undergirds the story, like a chaconne, manifests in fact the film's incredible sense of flexible time: time as Möbius strip, where each is each other's past or future self on its way to encounter a mirrored double. The spectral dynamics of reflection & movement constitute for me the film's secret joy, a sort of two-part invention celebrating Heraclitean flux.
Every character in this film has a story and Demy delights in showing the creation of new memories and punctuates them with nods Hollywood where in some cases the genre shifts on a whim. But it ultimately feels like a game of chance, one character gains something and one loses something. Aimee is such a performer she can light up a scene with a few expressions. Masterpiece and a new favorite.
absolutely full of cinematic beauty, impresive raoul coutards use of the camera, awesome screenwriting, adorable music score (wich includes first compases of second movement from beethoven's seventh), beautifull anouk aimée as lola; in a few words: breathtaking piece of cinematic art