I find this movie interesting mainly for the way it takes shape. It has been designed to have meditative/transe characteristics with a play of associations between a repetitive rhythmatic monotone voice and repetitive rhythmatic monotone images. I believe that it must be seen as a paradoxical dispositive, it has a metaphysical purpose: a guided hypnosis to break an apathic existentialist hypnosis.
An experimental film essay à la Resnais on contemporary alienation with sociological gurus like Marx, Weber, Lukács in the bakcground. The device of the mute protagonist works well and the voice-over explains the act of abstraction from sociality and all vocal gestures of social interaction. There are some great images but maybe the film is too experimental for its own good. Definitely recommended though.
i wouldn't say that it was THAT interesting(regarding narrator's perspective and delivered experience). of course, the way it's filmed is intense, some figures of speech are beautiful, but in sum i didn't like this film. some moments(like the bed(which is too narrow and too short) and socks being mentioned too often or that aggression near the end) transformed thought provoking atmosphere into some kind of banality.
Here is a truly great fusion of french cinematography and existentialism. Ludmila Mikaël’s poignant disquisition was meticulously outstanding. I must say that the movie is not (necessary) about depression, but the apathy towards existing. Detachment from everything that means life is worse than sadness. Solidly the greatest movie ever produced.
Mesmerizing, visually astounding, deeply phylosophical story nearly everyone should be able to relate to for have not every man at least of the smallest bit of second doubted the meaning of our existence and the purpose of our actions? While in the Real Life no one is given an exclusive chance to be a pure observer, the movie allows you to feel like one for wonderful 93 minutes. It will surely haunt me.
Powerful, simply mesmerizing. A brilliant piece of existentialism and alienation. "The dead hours, empty passages, the fleeting and poignant desire to hear no more, to see no more, to remain silent and motionless. Crazy dreams of solitude. An amnesiac wandering through the Land of the Blind: wide, empty streets, cold lights, faces without mouths that you would look at without seeing."