Acclaimed French author Marguerite Duras directs renowned French star Jeanne Moreau in this elliptical, illusory story about the world of women in which dull domestic ritual masks an undercurrent of lurking violence.
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3,5 I don't recall another film abstain so sternly from 'lubricating' its reception by sonically shaping scenes while conscious beyond a doubt of the sound's flair to unlock the closets of empathy and often understanding, AND push the kinetic delight and soul callisthenics of mastering an instrument to its forefront. Oddly Epicurean albeit withdrawn: in times of fear tend your garden, snub politics, tune your piano.
In this film, Marguerite Duras proves what she once said: that her house was her script. Only she can understand both, failing (or refusing to) make the spectator feel welcome chez Nathalie Granger. The opening credits are superb in the subtle way they "lay all the cards on the table" but then Duras turns her back on them by turning her camera to the back of things. We wander inside the house, but outside the action.
Less intellectual, abstract and narrative than usual Duras, more immediate and contemplative. Without being sensational it is a beautiful one in its touching simplicity, somewhere between Marcel Hanoun and early Philippe Garrel.
Curioso filme sobre muchas cosas y al parecer ninguna en central. Se podría decir que "Nathalie Granger" es sobre la violencia humana en su versión prematura, la maternidad frustrada y luego comprometida, es también sobre la frustración personal, el vacío, la rutina que domina. Es todo eso y tal vez no lo sea. Duras crea mutismo, sosiego, drama, humor. Hay toda una serie de contraposiciones que la hacen provocadora.
Re-watch & Re-rate - The first time I saw it, I didn't understood this film. I was always deep admire of Duras work, but this film it seemed to me the less characteristic, abstract and poetic. Yes, its all true, but the concreted situation, the boredom and especially the violence, are just another mechanism that Duras found it, to transform the ambiances, the space and their characters.