The film is about the abstraction of disparate things that preoccupy us, including people, from the spirit of life by means of recounting a man's demise in a car accident. Could be one of the most beautiful death scenes in cinema, as well as the filming of a car crash. Read more here: www.blog.poetofsoundandimage.com
DCP (from original 35mm print), rewatched, re-rating. The narrative doesn't stop flowing in Sautet's films, it's a continuous burning camera in a fluent discourse, in which the editing is a piece eminently invasive, since interferes in it with precision: cut and rhythm. The abstract last half-hour of this film is a remarkable piece of dispersive conciseness and, maybe, a possible response to Godard's "Weekend".
Many aspects of the aftermath of an accident were accurate. Except of course for the flashbacks, which are just a cinematic device. If there's one thing Michel Piccoli does extremely well, it's casual cruelty. He does it to her again in 'Max and the Junkmen'. What a bastard!
The first half an hour of this film has scripting par excellence. Where have this sense of pacing gone in the contemporary western European cinema? It's so much trash in the name of art/festival cinema. I cringe every time they try to do relationship drama nowadays.
Begins as an apparent mere melodrama and then reminds us that melodrama is always wildly capable of making more abstract and thus more resonant impact than drama--its staid cousin. The film's title says what it is--a meditation on existence, measured more by its unusually adroit structure and deft
filmmaking than its plot. Piccoli, saying so much so quietly, is its anchor; Schneider, radiant.
I've woken up a couple times to EMS workers over me pricking things in arm while I'm groggy, confused, and terrified. This film is the only film I've seen that captures that strange scenario so accurately. Even barring that, the drama is good! I would've watched the movie without the car crash sequence. It's straightforward but it isn't simple, and I am totally enamored with its detailed portrayal of emotions.