A teacher of philosophy discovers a complicated pupil, a seventeen year old girl with a quite cynic and lucid view of the world. He gets involved in helping her to follow the routine of the study, but soon he is fascinated by her and they fall in a passionate love.
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Brisseau's script and direction rises above adequate performances of the leads in reenacting and age-old tale of the older male teacher seducing a female student possessed of extraordinary intelligence along with a measure of physical beauty, and youth. Brisseau draws on philosophy and French film norms to craft a male--centric morality tale.
Another Brisseau personal fantasy; here elevated by interesting theoretical discussions on human behaviour, nature and the cosmos. The standard "teacher seduced by student" wish-fulfilment is very French and not so interesting, but the vague (if undeveloped) hints at the metaphysical (if not actually "supernatural") push the interpretation of the characters' relationship into a more exciting and provocative sphere.
"Sometimes when you're marking essays you come across a brilliant passage, so you forget the essay's weakness and give an excellent grade." Me encanto esa linea y que el la uso para describir a Mathilde. But towards the end it got a little '90s soap opera-ish.
Couldn't watch beyond 30 minutes. The narratives has too many loopholes and it is trying to sound 'impressive' by referring to some high school philosophy. The film is well made, but the plot is just too thin to go with the kind of transgression that the film is trying to explore.
My viewing was definitely colored by The Exterminating Angels. It's not as risible because this one doesn't try to be a defense of a bad art, but it plays as a particularly obnoxious male empowerment fantasy complete with a manipulative Lolita and a male "victim" that never faces the reality of his situation in the end.
The film just doesn’t work. I couldn’t buy into reactions of the characters and their development. Maybe if there was more development or dialogue on how the girl turned from being manipulative to actually loving the teacher, it would be better. Also, the protagonist teacher comes across as a self centered opportunist rather than someone struggling with right and wrong. I think maybe a dialogue problem.