Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate, does he want to become a full professor, does he really love his long-standing girlfriend, or should he re-start with one of his other lovers?
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An intricate, ambitious, Dickensian study of people within an academic milieu, a film which is lovingly tangential, focused on the minute facets of such a wide range of characters. Its novelistic narrative design is hard to convey as Desplechin has no qualms with letting his cinematic eye extensively diverge, examining the illuminations, efforts, and natures of so many. The final hour is epiphanic in its movements.
Paja intelectual a la parisina. Un poco larga pero pero representativa y entretenida. Me recordó mis años estudiantiles; las intrigas cruzadas entre amigos de la facu. El casting más cool de la época en Francia: Chiara Mastroiani, Denis Podalydes, Emmanuelle Devos, Jeanne Balibar, entre otros!
Three relationships unfolded in almost 3 hours of what could be labeled as 'late 20's/early 30's identity-love-career crisis' of a mediocre Philosophy assistant professor. I got the feeling it was too long for its purposes.
Desplechin, in many ways, has yet to fulfill this promise. The story of a PhD unable to finish either his thesis or his ongoing affairs...I love it for the energy and the patience. All the beautiful little subplots: the cousin who wants to become a Catholic, Esther missing her period. A great, modern novel on film.
This film was a bittersweet surprise, it hits a little close to home, but some of the strangeness definitely comes from the fact it deals with conflicts of people in their late 20's and early 30's, and things do get complicated. we are thrown into a dense network of ideological confusion, co dependency and pretentious characters. some of the men x women bothered me, but discussions go well beyond that manicheaism.
Damn, that was good. Wonder why it was never released here in Germany, normally a lot of french films cross the rhine. It is a very deep exploration of male (and female alike!) social and sexual bevhaviour and experience. Superb, and not a bit boring despite the 3 hours running time in which nothing is shown but people talking.