It's incredible how real this feels. The writing is decent by itself, but how it comes together on screen is remarkable. It's interesting to consider different directions the conversation could have taken.
There's no "main course" like a great conversation. But also reminds me of a socio-linguistic theory where guturations traded in a good chat are seen as interchanges of caresses and punches. Awesome Malle.
"You see, I keep thinking that what we need is a new language - a language of the heart. (...) Some kind of language between people that is a new kind of poetry. (...) And I think that in order to create that language you're going to have to learn how you can go through a looking glass into another kind of perception, where you have that sense of being united to all things and suddenly you understand everything."
This is a beautiful work. It definitely made me feel closer to something bigger than myself. There's real suspense in this conversation, and ideas so full of wonder and emotion. After finishing it, I felt like I needed to watch it all over again because there's so much here to think about. This is one of those truly special movies that only comes along every once in a while. I can safely say it's a new favorite.
You'll never have to have a philosophical conversation about life again. Took me a bit to get into but it really says a lot about a lot. Which of course it should since it's a two hour long conversation. Not as earth shattering as I expected but a good treatise on what it means to live.
Conversational cinema is an underrated commodity. Linklater has since mastered this. Philosophical obfuscation that allows the spectator to inspect existence through a variety of lenses and contexts, is in full flow here. It conjures that rudimentary but emblematic idiom, “It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages” (William Carlos Williams).