Like a blend of Pasolini's Teorema and Two-Lane Blacktop. But better than either of those, and also uniquely positions itself as an auteurist credo. "I'm no good." It's almost like the movie pre-emptively interprets its response as text. The sewing factory man takes Wanda's work, doesn't pay her the full amount for it, and tells her she is too slow to work in the industry. Having no other options, she leaves.
Bonnie and Clyde devoid of artifice and glamour. Raw and authentic portrayal of female alienation. Wanda is entirely passive — a child experiencing the world for the first time, unable to make moral judgements because she does not have enough experiences to compare events with. Such a shame Loden was not able to direct more films.
Wanda "is so moving because it reflects Loden's own sad destiny. It feels like a scream of someone just about surviving. I feel as if I identify with Wanda, in that she's both fragile and strong at the same time; she may be alone but deep down there is a real resistance in her. I find that very touching. I can't imagine such a film ever having been made by a man." -Isabelle Huppert
This woman drifting from one man to another just to get a roof over her head seems to be an absolute cinema classic. In the same style of story, I much preferred the French film 'Sans toit ni loi' starring Sandrine Bonnaire. Both films clearly show a sense of direction and structure do help in life...
Just re-viewed on glorious gritty 35mm, and just after reading SUITE FOR BARBARA LODEN by Nathalie Léger. So difficult to view this film after reading the book, the book being a poetic inquiry into the life of this one-film wonder woman, so mysterious, a lost soul portraying a lost soul. Reeks of Cassavetes (shot by Proferes). Loden IS Wanda, and she declared she was the only person fit for the role. Heartbreaking.
The chance encounter between Wanda and Mr. Dennis is as ideologically cataclysmic as the one between Eddie Valiant and the cartoons in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a violent conceptual clash marrying DIY, low budget neorealist principles against the hard-boiled milieu found in the most pungent pulp stories and noir films, with a strong existential undercurrent providing the point of interaction. This is a great movie.