A deeply felt and luxuriously filmed fairy tale for grown-ups, The Lovers presents Jeanne Moreau as a restless bourgeois wife whose eye wanders from both her husband and her lover to an attractive passing stranger.
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I love how everyone seems to miss the point (as I see it at least) Jeanne Moreau's Character rebuilding and freeing herself in the nature of Juliette Binoche in Blue and Helen Mirren in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover she liberates herself from the need of another, the film is not erotic as it seems to keep being read, the end point being a free human being through the means of her romantisised lust.
The first of its kind. Malle did it best, and with Jeanne Moreau. Sexy. Beautiful cinematography. Perfect voice over. This is one I can watch again and again, but I don't. I don't want it to lose it's power over me when I watch it occasionally.
I really like Malle's early black and white films. Also this is a nice one, but not overwhelming. Especially the part in which Jeanne meets Bernard in the park of the house is to much like a fairy tale and nearly become some kind of kitsch: when the glasses are ringing, when they free the fishes, or when they lay together in the little boat, and all of that is accompanied by the strings of Brahms. That is too much!
Beautifully shot and fantastically acted. I love how Jeanne always looks down and slightly to the side as she's walking (after the polo match with raoul, in the garden with bernard..), off in her own world but well aware of others following behind; she is the seductress, yet remains quite vulnerable, although clearly not so worried that she leaves her child behind...!
Le film choqua beaucoup à sa sortie, pour une scène prétendue audacieuse. Aujourd'hui, on le programme même dans les paroisses. Et les âmes dites "sensibles" ont trouvé d'autres films à dénigrer qu'on regardera à nouveau dans vingt ans, dans les congrégations religieuses, si elles existent encore !