George Matthews is a young man who is having a bittersweet affair with a French divorcée in Los Angeles. Waiting to be drafted, he is unable to commit himself to anything or anybody, including his girlfriend Gloria.
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3.5 Jacques Demy applies his palate of colors to 1968 Los Angeles with trademark panache, giving us one of the most beautiful portraits of it. Anouk Aimee reprises her role as Lola, tho this is by no means a sequel. It's a tone poem of the time, and if the film has a certain emptiness and pointlessness to it, it is appropriate for the situation - being drafted into the Vietnam War in 1968 and nothing to look back to.
"Desire" list. Mainly an actor of television series, Gary Lockwood in cinema represented little and, except for "2001" and this film, nothing special, which is a shame. A handsome man and great actor, in its two major roles in movies (with either the computer Hal or with Lola/Cecile,a character that come from a previous Demy film) he obtained nothing more than betrayal and loneliness, The innermost of Demy films.
Devoid of a compelling story, interesting characters, and not a particularly interesting look at Los Angeles in the late-60s. Fraught with New Wave conventions (maybe the inane dialogue would have sounded more profound in French) even the acting, cinematography, and music are relentlessly bland. If there's a deeper meaning to all this, it was lost on me.
An airless diversion for Demy into New Waves modes and sensibilities eschewing the delights of his Technicolor fantasias for a more formalised modus. Whilst not quite Last Year in LA the rather arid quality might have been aided by mounting the characters on castors to ease their aimless traipsing around the streets. Thank goodness for Aimee.
The film comes to vibrant astonishing life whenever Aimee graces the screen -- otherwise the aimless wandering is a little too aimless, the dialogue a little too on the nose. Maybe it would have sounded so much better in French.