Diego is one of the chiefs of the Spanish Communist Party. On his way from Madrid to Paris, he is arrested at the border for an ID check but manages to get free. When he arrives in Paris, he starts searching for one of his comrade to prevent him from going to Madrid where he could be arrested.
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Not one of Resnais' best, but by saying that it calls the whole auteurist notion of the film being "Resnais' film" into question. That is, to what extent are Resnais' films his own? There's an old adage stating that most actors are only as good as whoever is directing them, but I would add that most directors are only as good as the scripts they're directing.
Underrated Resnais film. At times, it almost feels like a straight espionage thriller (Montand's character has an almost Bond-like way with the ladies) but then an expressionistic sequence will remind you who's directing this film. The cast is uniformly amazing.
The film is filled with interesting editing, small cutaways that are so distinctive and bring to mind the French New Wave... The beginning is confusing, especially because there is a lot of dialogue. But once the initial confusion is gone, there are beautiful shots and interesting angles. Thulin and Bujold give amazing performances and the film's best scenes are with them.
I found it very intimate, the shots. It had to be Resnais or else this picture would have been like many other political structured films of its time. It is just completely on the verge of boredom with this type of material to work with, but because this picutre was made from Resnais it's not, you're not put off from watching this picture because of the way it was filmed. I found it to be well made and a good picture
Sujet important et grave qui évite les écueils du militantisme pesant et du mélodrame facile, et mêle avec brio et force, passé, présent et avenir, le tout ponctué par une voix off riche et profonde. Une réussite parfaite et sérieuse signée Alain Resnais...
Resnais goes mainstream - and it works! The psychological deconstruction of a main character, an insight on french communist underground, classical thriller tension, with a spice of his famous storytelling by editing.