Later period film from director Carne finds him impressively adapting a novel by Simenon that finds two lonely and worn Parisians living in New York drawn to one another but distrustful and wary of falling in love. Annie Girardot is very good here as the Countess who might be grasping at her last chance for happiness. Solid scripting and a great feel for sixties New York is well captured.
A pretty bad film - staged, clunky, stilted and with little dramatic flow. It shares with Jean-Paul Melville's Deux Hommes Dans Manhattan from 6 years earlier a clumsy focus on New York "Big City culture", as well as a turgid script and meaningless vignette scenes substituting for plot or character development. That Carné had a much bigger budget and made a far more polished film, does him no favours here. Wooden.
The dialogue really caught me on this one....felt like a cross between Balzac and Tennessee Williams. Wavered with the five stars due to the blatant sexism and misogyny here....for instance, oh, he hauls off and slaps her two times hard across the face and she runs into his arms? I related to him being a loser on hard times, but Carne is more concerned with authoring an apology than staying on point with the angst.
Having written that piece advocating for a cinema that goes down in the streets and then (along with writer Jacques Prévert) basically inventing poetic realism, Carné would be by an estimation a central figure in early sound cinema. Here adapting Simenon (many years later) he is still basically doing poetic realism. THREE ROOMS doesn't do much but simmer. But it emphatically does indeed simmer. Two ace performances.
Carné ne parvient pas à nous entrainer dans cette histoire longue et finalement ennuyeuse. Comme si la modernité de N.Y et des personnages (alcool, tabac) le rendait impuissant à pénétrer les désirs de ceux ci. Girardot est troublante et belle dans cette apparition nocturne, sensuelle et perdue, mais peu à peu hélas... A trop vouloir se renouveler Carné finit par faire ce qu'il ne sait pas faire...