A wayward young man (Xavier Beauvois) finds himself involved with two mysterious people of a previous generation. After an affair with the married Hélène (Catherine Deneuve), the young man tries to escape her obsessions on a road trip with Serge (Daniel Duval), a taciturn relic of the 60s.
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Reminiscent of the classic road movies of Wim Wenders, albeit, with the usual Garrel meditations on regret (specifically related to May 1968) and desperation (more often related to couples and their inability to receive love). The bold use of 'scope photography seems intended to exaggerate the spaces between individuals and the loneliness of their world.
Beautiful film. I liked the colors, the images, the conversations and the performance of the actors. At certain times was a bit slow, but I believe that was required to show the soul of the characters. Looking forward to watch more films from Garrel
Non. Not a great French film. To get an idea of the ham rating watch it again with the sound turned off and guffaw at the scene where Duval wakes up in the Porsche, or Deneuve is faint from her injury (no spoilers). Watch Deneuve instead in "Belle de Jour". Even better, pretend Duval is Lou Reed and marvel in the parallels in demeanour.