10/10 This time Carax choosed substance over style. And yes, it pays-off. A love story - fierce and beautiful, scary and depressing, dangerous. Harsh realism depicted with a great skill of a great (I’m not afraid of this word) director. Both Lavant and Binoche a simply magnificent. P.S. Pont-Neuf as a place of power for Carax, it is present in all of his feature films!
carax pensa o amor como um espaço fechado, em que os amantes tem de conviver fabricando seus próprios artifícios de maneira harmônica. até caminhar embriagado requer uma porção de intimidade, um esforço quase impossível para evitar que a imagem do outro não queime.
Léos Carax delves into the realm of pure cinema. His artifice is so bold and huge that the film doesn't emulate reality: it overcomes it, it becomes its own cosmos. It's simply astonishing that Carax was able to pull off a film of such power. This is one of the greatest love stories ever told on Cinema, on the level of Murnau's Sunrise & Vigo's L'Atalante (the clearest reference here, by the way)
How was this not the first movie I saw? As if in response to the affectations of his first films, this, a feral, kinetic variation on Chaplin as junkie, City Lights from the gutter. For the first time his characters achieve true beauty and despair irrespective of style, but boy does it help, every scene a thunderbolt of cinema. To think Lavant was a favourite before I'd seen this.
This is cinema on freaking viagra, a love between a nearly-blinded Juliette Binoche and a jealous homeless Denis Lavant. They spent most of their time living an incredible life on top of a bridge, dancing to fireworks, water skiing and breaking into museums. A film with so much electrifying energy, flawless performances and the scene of them dancing to Johann Strauss II that makes me oh so happy.
As in any Carax film, the colors, cinematography, and importance of vision are paramount. The film is also important because it is based on his own original screenplay. The music is also well chosen. Great performances. The technical aspects are awesome, overshadowing the above-average plot.