This was great. I love both Radziwilowicz for his powerful presence and Beárt for her passionate performance, especially in her intimate scenes. This is a beautiful ghost story, one of Rivette's best of his late period.
Like The Sixth Sense, use of the supernatural to explore themes of grief and solitude. The two characters are like shadows; one dead to the world, the other..? Unlike The Sixth Sense, muted bodies find expression in a carnal embrace. There's also the suggestion that each repetition of the death, the act of saying goodbye, is a new beginning, not just an end. Clocks are everywhere, reminding us of the dearth of time.
I don't know if calling it "the french sixth sense" makes any justice to this marvelous, haunting, erotic and mysterious film by master Rivette. The slow pace and intensity of the shared moments between Beart and Radziwilowicz is everything.
At first, jarring. But then it slowly becomes a beautiful statement about encountering the past and the intimacy of relationships. It is ambitious and risky and I don't think the film could have worked had it not been directed by Jacques Rivette, and the result is brilliant.
Hermosa. Un tipo de cine que exige, un cine que no es fácil ni menos agradable, sino más bien demandante, y sin embargo tras aquel pasaje de tedio, o quizá más bien en ese proceso hay otra belleza, una más vital, una más real.
Una bellísima historia de amor, la permanencia y desborde de éste, cómo delinea las relaciones, las mueve y las termina. Historia muy lograda, actuaciones memorables. Se queda para siempre entre las recordadas.
I really liked the blue room in the beginning, when Marie just started decluttering it. It reminded me in a way of Anne’s room from “Paris belongs to us” and the room Ida’s wanted to rent in the end of “Haut bas fragile” – a little bluish space with a sink in there.