A new film has crept into my top 20 list of favorite films of all time. How it looks, the way its acted (I went to sleep mumbling Jeanne Moreau is the best actress of all time), the way the story develops, the characters depicted, the doomed dynamics between man and woman and how conversations are kept to a bare minimum. Even more so: the things said are ALWAYS half-truths, wishes, projections or lies.
Rarement l'atmosphère torride et lourdement sexualisée de certains brûlants écrits de Jean Genet n'aura été aussi justement appréhendée par le cinématographe et sa problématique représentation, avec en prime une sublime Jeanne Moreau dans un extraordinaire rôle de garce ! Une oeuvre qui suinte d'une rageuse sensualité existentielle aux confins des ultimes dérèglements dionysiaques et panthéistes www.cinefiches.com
The things you do for love, that is if you happen to be an angel of CHAOS. I was just glad there was no slut shaming. "I know I got nothin' on you \ I know there's nothing to do \ When times go bad \ And you can't get enough \ Won't you lay me down in the tall grass \ And let me do my stuff"
Like Diary of a Chambermaid, a movie I felt so sickened by and was so uncomfortable and emotionally fucked up watching even though I was like in a lot of ways, there, with Moreau for most of it. Who wouldn't burn down a barn for love? (But! Not there for the animal poisoning and [spoilers] :( Lots of animal/child cruelty in this, and the egg crushing scene...I'm going to throw up).
Forbidden Dreams, or The Other Side of Dreams. That's the translated title of the short story Jean Genet wrote as a wedding present to his friend Anouk Aimee in 1951. That story was the source for Marguerite Duras' screenplay for the amazingly shot, beautiful film called Mademoisellle. A 'terribly' beautiful film ****1/2
An gorgeously shot unsettling pastoral landscape drama that riffs on the amorality that flows in our sexual impulses! Jesus, Jeanne Moreau is a bad bitch! And yet, I couldn't help feel empathy for her sexual repression. Actually, for any character living that village. Not an easy movie to stomach but it does contain some of the most starling images I have ever seen! Definitely a new favorite!
Incredible: great story, script, acting, superb montage, amazing cinematography... and Jeanne Moreau. (Also: a great use of a snake as metaphor.) Those extended scenes in the woods (in the darkness, in the rain, in the fields) were some of the best things I've ever seen on the screen.
Alright, so I loved this film. Some impressive visuals, including one truly amazing scene (the shadow scene, for those who know). My only problem was with the absolutely disgusting amount of animal cruelty. Tony Richardson must've been a man with no regard for other creatures. Other than that, thumbs up