The fact that it looks to something resembling interiority then only betrays how little this woman can know about her desires - she follows on a whim and the film changes with her. From the most classical of drama to bourgeois comedy-of-the-day to intensely evocative love-making, it shifts enough to keep me interested but also at distance.
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 ! www.cinefiches.com
The opening frames filled me with so much joy as I was immediately immersed in Malle's lush visual style. The longer I kept watching I got a little disappointed with the narrative. Feels like he just wanted to add a romantic drama to his c.v... Liked the romancing in soft focus though, must have been inspired by silent Hollywood cinema.