Marc is talented, intelligent, eloquent and wealthy but has suffered from an incurable illness from childhood. Each weekend he escapes his everyday haute bourgeois life by travelling the world in search of the ultimate “Don Giovanni” performance.
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Dense, flottant, lumineux, tragique, ce documentaire suit les tribulations de ces hommes rares qui savent romancer leurs vies, se mettre en scène, au point de devenir des personnages de fiction. Incapables peut-être de composer une oeuvre ou de se réaliser, le silence éternel auquel ils sont promis ne doit pas nous faire oublier qu'ils sont des pans de romans perdus dans le réel. Ce film est dédié à cette mémoire.
I was surprised how much I ended up caring about the central character, despite the fact that he is as different from me in sexuality, class, and coping mechanisms as possible. A skillful blending of art and reality. The penguin footage at the closing credits are an extra bonus.
A bourgeois asshole with limited knowledge of opera or Mozart (his talk about music is full of platitudes) and whose only quality is his incurable illness travels around the world to see "Don Giovanni" and gives insight into his boring and stuck-up thoughts. In my opinion the filmic strategies - e.g jump cuts - are used to mask the fact that the director had no clue how to make a coherent film from her material.
Le documentaire est d'abord méchant et irrévérencieux (c'est un compliment, vu le personnage suivi, aussi fascinant qu'insupportable), mais tombe dans une certaine facilité quand il assume une mise en scène qui n'apporte pas grand chose de plus (la faute à certains procédés éculés). On sent par ailleurs un montage qui frôle la malhonnêteté, c'est dommage.
First World Problems is the way I can best describe this film. Marc is snobbish, bitter and arrogant wealthy man who's obsesive and mistrusting of anyone, in his loneliness he recruits boys to cope with it. The movie is ruthless showing almost no redeeming qualites of him, even his lifelong sickness and loneniless are overshadowed by his arrogance and the constant lurking for a satisfying Don Giovanni interpretation.
A bittersweet film. I thought Marc was a wonderful portrait of a modern romantic, He's caught in a nebbishy body with an artist's soul and too much money, and that makes for a wonderful story. He is a genuinely sweet man blessed with both too much and too little and keeps his head in the stars. I'm not gay so there's little erotic appeal here, but are his dreams and fantasies so different form anyone's really?
I feel a mix of disgust and curiosity for this man. His behaviour toward the director is terrible. Must have been a nightmare to film. The beautiful locations end up to be just decadent scenography, filled with his loneliness. His research of Don Giovanni on the screen appears nothing but empty and squalid.