Even from a country obsessed with making movies with no point, this one takes the cake. Endless shots of nothing but goofy expressions of the lead actress, and a long series of one pointless scene followed by another. Every time a scene was over, I just kept saying “Why?”. At best, this should have been a 20 minute short film. Don’t understand why people try to stretch a TV script into a movie.
Beautifully grapples with one of the mysteries of grief: the struggle to believe and accept the sudden physical absence of our loved ones. Also an exploration of the type of alienation unique to intimate relationships. Excellent Charlotte Rampling performance too - lots going on here!
A great film (for me) is one where the narrative, acting, cinematography, music and the overall tone of the film are unified, where there are no false notes, cliches or unnecessary diversions. This is one of those films. Charlotte Rampling - taut, serious yet deeply hurt - is perfect as a middle-aged widow dealing with the unanswered (perhaps unanswerable) questions of her husband's disappearance under the waves.
We never want to let go, whether it be from a loved one, a fond childhood memory or even youth itself. Ozon’s quietly powerful film captures this fraught emotional dissonance in baleful facial expression, tentative gestures and an undercoating of grief. Rampling is a tragic survivor of a lost marriage and a suddenly absent spouse. Unnervingly beautiful.
In which Rampling shows that she only needs 30% of her face visible in order to out-act the world. But let's be honest - this is mostly an acting experiment. I would have loved to see it as a one-woman show. We have one fabulously-played character venturing out into the world with diminishing returns. What it can't say about the psyche could fill, and does fill, much better trauma dramas.
This is a mild Ozon after releasing the raucous "Water Drops on Burning Rocks" the same year and also "Sitcom" a few years prior. Maybe trying to show the critics/snobs that he can be a "serious" filmmaker he throws this in their face and they praise it. But the raucous stuff is better.