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  1. cin·aes·the·tic's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    A French film made in 1947 and set in 1933. Innocence lost, I suppose. No doubt the postwar audiences needed a distraction from the unpleasant present (and immediate past). But the atmosphere of this is stifling to me. Whether it's the constant buzz of the summer cicadas, the parched vegetation, or the cramped sitting room, it's an easy leap from stale sameness to sexual tension between cousins. Pleasantly dull.

  2. McOpinionated's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    The film provides a slightly unusual and interesting insight into the differences in stuffy British culture in the 20th C vs. France (cf. also Italian cinema). A coming-of-age film / family drama, it has a mix of romantic nostalgia (family traditions, the house, the landscape, the Roman tower), adolescent and middle-aged frustration, and somehow a little optimism, from the children mainly.

  3. Graceful Photon's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    A melancholic look at a family united mostly by the ancestral home that they can no longer afford. The effects of considering an offer to sell play out across the three generations that share it.

  4. David Sindmark Hörnfeldt's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    A piece of bourgeois status-quo filmmaking. I see influences from Proust and Chekov. A film this short, though, with this many characters, can't be about the characters. So what's it about? I can only assume but it feels like a lot of self-biography. I spot themes of nostalgia, memory and of the hardships of adult life. Nothing groundbreaking, that is.

  5. Funda Can Çuvalcı's rating of the film The Last Vacation

  6. Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    Seemingly straightforward but there's a real subtlety in its depiction of transition and gender relations, not least in how Juliette has to manage the projections and expectations marked by her ascent into "womanhood". Jacques' adolescent confusion exposes his capacity for violence, both sublimated and actual. The 1930s setting also suggests a dark subtext of looming chaos and confusion behind the veil of nostalgia.

  7. black frank's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    bit of a nostalgia piece..but wonderful ... crossed with a story of young love a gem of a film worth polishing this is why cinema is exciting... all these dead people resurrected in a drama ...gives you a sense of the life they had and the life in them

  8. Matt Reddick's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    A spiritual ancestor to Summer Hours.

  9. Beatrice Lorenzini's rating of the film The Last Vacation

  10. katerpink's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    About growing up and saying bye to the old times. Love stories and family stories which were rather dull, but well acted. Positive ending, everything what we've lived through teaches us how to be a better versed person.

  11. David R Williams's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    What a wonderful little film. A gem really. The passage of time. Young love. Old love. Remembrances of times past and time passing. Trying to hold on to something that you can no longer hold on to. One of my more enjoyable Mubi film experiences.

  12. Joe Pryweller's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    Leenhardt may have influenced Andre Bazin and the Nouvelle Vague movement, but his only non-documentary film is a letdown. Known as a writer who values realism, the film instead edges into solipsism, with characters ruminating on the end of days and incipient adulthood without much drive in the laconic plot. Very traditional, with little of the edginess that even pervades the work of Eric Rohmer, a disciple.

  13. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    A film about family, holiday time, and love, this is one of those wonderful experiences that doesn't seem to be saying anything, while at the same time saying so much about humanity and life. Few of the relationships depicted are straightforward, and some moments could seem unsavoury without the air of youthful innocence, but it's easy to warm to every main character while they interact and create strong memories.

  14. Raymond Likes Subtitles's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    Romantic in a way only the French can do.

  15. Joshua Paolino's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    A worthwhile watch. Makes me want to view the French plantation sequence in Apocalypse Now Redux all over again for some reason.

  16. janh24's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    A simple film that slowly creeps up on you; a storytelling delight.

  17. Tja's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    I quite like sub-titles, but only when there's time to read them. These French players can really gabble and the typist just can't keep up. Otherwise, its another Gallic coming of age slightly antiquated charm fest with short trousers and loads of l-o-n-g-i-n-g ...

  18. Superfrog's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    This is a well made, perfectly watcheable film, with fairly delicate approach to the children characters. Adult and children are separated but the nature of their thought/actions while the intents are surprisingly similar. All in all, this is a bunch of little stories ted together by a place. Because they only play together without strong ties, the message is a bit confused, without much to take home at the end.

  19. Bilouaustria's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    Beautiful and nostalgic summer film. Rare gem in the immediate after-war french cinema. End of summer, end of an era (got to sell the house), end of a family, plus a moving becoming of age story. This film inspired a lot the french new wave even before it existed. So many great second roles here.

  20. Leigh Collins's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    Wide-eyed, heart-felt paean to the transition from childhood to adulthood.

  21. Love Walked In's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    Adults plan to sell a memorial property of the family. Children rebel. Cooperation between them through dancing, sailing, planting, fire damping, family portrait shooting beats fear for tomorrow and resolves into optimistic nostalgia. Guitry, Renoir and Truffaut all in one.

  22. panagiotatos's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    Coming of age, playful and nostalgic film about time passing by, places, persons and memories that haunt our lives but in the end it's the life itself that makes you grow. Witty dialogues, vivid characters, joie de vivre but in right dosage. A masterpiece no doubt.

  23. anthony's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    A dream, an illusion, ? perhaps. Clever trick of timing using an otherwise dull family photo. Childhood adventures , passionate love , betrayal-redemption, the inevitable rise and fall of wealth.....oh yes and a tip on how to make a gift to a new generation, that wont cost you a bean. Sobering advice at the very end to say the least.

  24. mrpasquali's rating of the film The Last Vacation

    This is a very charming movie. The director creates a universe where joie de vivre is all that matters: coming of age conflicts, and old chateau in France and elegant characters make this movie an interesting choice to take the mind to the past, a happy past!

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