A bucolic summer landscape. A nameless couple meet. The woman has returned to her village following the death of her father, who never loved her. Here she meets a man – a sort of Pan – who spends his days farming and writing…
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I do believe I have found one of my favourite films of all time. An absolutely stunner of a film.
Dancers. Wrestlers. Fornicators.
How I love French Cinema!
The 2 actors are so immeasurably brave - I loved seeing all the bruises and scrapes that covered their bodies by the end of the film.
Their chemistry (and trust as actors) is palpable
Absolutely one of the most remarkable collaborations I have ever witnessed between a director and a pair of actors. In fact, sort of resembles some kind of extraordinary acting workshop. This exploration of a combative eros takes something from Maurice Pialat (a nuanced exploration of dynamic interpersonal encounters, often violent (or at very least volatile)). Performance totally divorced from cliché and inhibition.
This is the best antidote to Nuit #1: Mixed Martial Love or Extreme Contact Improvisation. A happy clash of influences, from the heritage of Eric Rohmer, whose love discourse seems to be abhorred by the characters who try to find a carnal language, closer to Gaspar Noé. A kick in the nuts for millennial puritanism that dwells in clichés about the lack of originality in the expression of the ways of the libido.
the most beautiful thing that i found in this movie (interesting subject, interesting movie but... self-referent how to say...) was that a woman, watching it beside me in the cinema, started to cry. honestly, painfully.
Brilliant acting. The two performers (the word is a more accurate one than 'actor') throw themselves into the story with guts and gusto.
The concept of the film may be interesting, but this battle becomes tiresome. Typical French atmosphere with lots of verbal jousting (some very good ones) and of course, lots of intellectualised sex, but ultimately failing to convince or ignite my interest.
An interesting chamber piece from Doillon. Though it looked like it might sink into the most egregious clichés of talky French cinema, the film is an interesting behavioural study of two troubled people, each superbly acted.