The Birth of Love studies two friends who seem only vaguely aware that their time has past. What follows is a search to return to the purity of their cherished ideals—a longing to overcome the complacency of aging and familiar comfort in order to recapture their passion.
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I'm glad I read that the film ended abruptly. I think it was foreshadowed well enough that it made sense. Leaud plays the manchild quite well, but I imagine it would be hard to be friends with someone who exemplifies most of what he has trouble with.
It reminded me of Bela Tarr's early films, especially his debut Family Nest and Autumn Almanac in the sense that the characaters spend most of their screen time sharing confidences with either lovers or friends, their faces being framed in tight, artful closeups on a very suggestive black and white palette. I am left with Garrel's highly sensitive vision and untidy storytelling as to evoke life at its bare essentials
Ce disciple de Godard distille un cinéma estimable, mais aussi parfois l'ennui... dont ce film précisément. Il admet - avec une grande honnêteté intellectuelle - ne jamais être arrivé au niveau de son maître. Un été brûlant était un film plus captivant, mais il faut dire que Louis GARREL, le fils de Philippe GARREL, est plus captivant que J.-P. LEAUD vieillissant ...
L'évident plaisir de retrouver, de film en film, les emblématiques et précieux personnages de Philippe Garrel, toujours un peu en instabilité chronique entre une existence hasardeuse et bancale, un environnement personnel et sociétal exécrable et de pressantes et durables aspirations d'équilibre et d'harmonie... www.cinefiches.com
After first 15 minutes my attitude towards the movie was roughly the same as the main characters attitude towards life. After all it wasn't that bad, but amount of nonsense expressed by the character played by Léaud was close to what one can find in Godard's socialist movies from late sixties. Speaking of sixties - the movie looked like it was created thirty years earlier than it actually was.
I'm not entirely sure why I devoted 94 minutes to watching this film, although it's enjoyable. Essentially it consists of 2 middle-aged Frenchmen, one who enjoys a surprising amount of sex with younger women and the other not, complaining about life. It has things to say about family relationships and the breakdown of love, but not exactly groundbreaking ones
The acting is splendid and the photography handsome.