“Bigger inside that on the outside” can bring to mind cartoonish hammerspace, M.Poppins’ magic satchel or the Narnia cupboard, but Gregorio’s mansion with halls that, like urban streets, are directional as route yet static as a place, could be an emblem for one’s inner life. It’s not surrealism, but surdimensional buildup of the psyche. Or else, what is surrealism but apperception’s crux to weave together incongruous
A minor, half-born, half-made thing--all-half, let's say--Rivette collaborator de Gregorio's debut as a director, however surreal it may be, is certainly sub-Celine. Seen shorn of its interest-by-association--not to mention its luxly louche high-Seventies miasma--it doesn't amount to much. Neither does it subtract from much. It's neither here nor there, really, which may be "the point." If so, it's half-taken.
(3.5 stars) This sets up a very neat little mystery through mood and its unusual scenario. Extremely well-paced and maintains this mood all the way until the final 20 minutes. Then it falls apart a bit. Not the strongest ending overall. Still there is enough intrigue and mystery up front to make this worth watching. A lot of good character work by the actors as well. Overall, a strong and offbeat french film.
This movie is a fantastic outing, complete with beautiful women, the suggestion of more, and a mood that does not stop from beginning to end; it is almost like a continuance of Celine and Julie go Boating and deserves art house treatment and a revival. Remarkable!!!
A rather offbeat French film that time has kinda forgotten. Mostly, it is great, until the last 20 mins where it loses steam and doesn't finish as strong as its preceding scenes would demand. All the characters are fleshed out but remain shrouded in a veil of mystery to keep the viewer guessing as to what really is going on for a lot of the film. Unfortunately, the ending leaves it a bit unsatisfying, still 3.5 stars
One of those that, had it been a short film or possibly just a shorter film, would have kept me intrigued enough to stick around. Unfortunately it starts to go around in circles with one-note performances that go nowhere. 3rd star for daring to do this.
It almost acts as a mystery at the beginning, but is overall a nice (almost psychological) melodrama. I think i mostly enjoyed the character development and costumes (& sub-surface themes of occult and time), although the pace and dialogue was less riveting.