In the moment, I was quite taken with the amount of struggle and tension built up during the production and creation and practice of the dance pieces, all to wonderfully be released in the final performance. Impressionistic at times, expressionistic at others, Claire Denis has created an intimate portrayal of what it looks like to create and the things needed to get there.
Frustratingly obtuse, and I like artistic process films! Rivers' 'What Means Something' spoiled us. Perhaps because there is so little process here, and by the end we're no closer to knowing/seeing the piece Mathilde is working on. On the other hand, satisfying to see the way Agnes begins in close-ups of arm and limb movements to the revealing shots at the end. Watch The Silent Eye! 2.5
La danse/performance contemporaine, c'est l'une des arts la plus difficile à définir. C'est une recherche continue, un travail permanent sur le corps comme lieu symbolique résiliente — une presence/absence dans l'espace; quête sans cesse, épuisante, de légèreté et précision du geste, puissance et grâce du mouvement, véritable création du monde.
Underwhelming and somewhat pedestrian documentary effort from Claire Denis who should be noted is one of my favourite narrative directors. Denis attempts to infilitrate the creative process of Mathilde Monnier but unfortunately barely scratches the surface. Only the final sequence shot by the infallible Agnes Godard seems to be up to the high caliber set by Denis' other works. A rare miss.
The absolute best part, obviously, is the performance at the end. I could barely stay awake while the dancer struggled to compose/design her work. What the hell? I really didn't get any insight- perhaps another dancer/performer would have. It was a great gamble on Denis' part but I would rather watch 90 minutes of the actual performance.
An always welcome glimpse into the creative process however I would highly recommend hitting YouTube prior to seeing the film if you arn't familliar with Mathilde Monnier's work. I was not able to fully appreciate her talent based on this documentary alone as we don't see much of the final performance...