Arnaud Desplechin’s sophomore medium feature film already shows his concern about family as a center for his cinematic reflection, and reveal his mise en scène choices as well as his favorite actors’ troupe.
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4 families gathering, they express an indefinable mixture of emotions by joking, fooling around, playing with each other as if they try not to take the situation seriously that they have a dying young man of their family at the hospital. Sketching characterizations of 17 people for a mere 54 minutes, it’s not complicated but complex.
Early feature and already very symptomatic of Desplechin´s work, with a bourgeois family about to explode. Lots of love-hate-tension that clearly reminds Bergman even when formally the film looks very freely in another direction. With this film comes also the constitution of a fantastic group of actors that will follow Desplechin over and over again (Devos, Denicourt, Salinger etc). Best french cinema of the 1990´s.
LA VIE DES MORTS mostra que Arnaud Desplechin já era fascinado com famílias enormes e desestruturadas desde seu primeiro filme. Só que o que fazia em pouco mais de 50 minutos, agora gasta cerca de 3 horas. Aspect ratio: 1.75:1
You showed this on Spanish MUBI not that long go.
Of the 30 films you are currently showing, I have already seen 10 of them on Spanish movie in the past 2 years. Do you get cheap deals on some films and then just keep re-showing them?
You can see his talent for complex human interactions already, his understading of familys in their beauty and disgust. He add more humor to his later films, keeping the dispair. Interesting film for those who've seen his other works.