A seamless, hopeless tour de force, Too Beautiful for You is Blier's best film, a masterful experiment in non-linear narrative both playful and painful in equal measure. The interpolation of timelines -- actual and/or speculative -- as they unfold for the central pair of couples allows for a dense interplay of possibility, and for a range of moods from passionate to perverse. Eternal sunshine within a prison of shit?
Variations on a theme, perhaps best described as filmic semi-colons. A generally engaging play on possibilities as at least a dozen narrative threads are initiated, explored and discarded. Somewhat cubist in its fragmentary nature, it has an icy panache sweetened by precise performances and deft use of Schubert (final in-joke withstanding). A small triumph of form though trapped eventually in its own blind alley.