Great black and white photography. But I didn't have much of an emotional connection with anyone. It seemed to rely too heavily on the presumption of young adult angst, and didn't really bring much else to the forefront. A couple good scenes scattered here throughout. And the Martin character was a definite highlight for me. 3.5
Perfectly evocative of lazy summer vibes when you are too hot and annoyed by everyone. Appropriately water takes on a mythic quality which leads somewhat to a whiff of the fantastical. The sense of lackadaisical proved overwhelming to me however. Then again I never really understood why people hang out with each other with nothing to do.
The sounds in this film are exquisite. From the early morning birds to the chime of a dog's collar to the dipping of a cookie in a cup of coffee. Great subtle humor. The band was really good. Beautiful black and white cinematography. Maybe my favorite mubi film I've seen so far.
Terrific sense of atmosphere. Though Wes Anderson is visible as an overt influence on the compositions (so often the truth), Lafleur pulls a great deal out of his scenery. The dialogue is laconic but heated and confidently written, allowing the director to stage scenes in confident static shots (usually a few alternating). This is a work of economy and care, with hardly a misstep.
Tu Dors Nicole is such a terrific and delightful little slice-of-life film from French-Canadian Stephane Lafleur, I'm so happy to have been able to discover it here. The black and white cinematography is so lush and rich, and there's such a subtle magical realism throughout, shifting perception ever so slightly of the characters and their world. This film leaves you with great, warm feelings, and you won't regret it.
"I just started crying.I was just so happy to love movie this much.” -Quentin Tarantino on watching Chunking Express "I was almost hugging myself while I watched it." Roger Ebert on viewing Almost Famous "Well...I cried and hugged myself. Beat that ya nincompoops." - Julian Towers on seeing Tu Dors Nicole