Wow - it's so difficult to rate this film. The acting feels so spaced out, relationships between the characters weirdly "empty", even the kisses feel lifeless and unnatural. Perhaps it was all intended, to show the corrupted world. But then again, there's that magic dreamy, beautifully poetic atmosphere, filled with loneliness and desperation. This is a quite unique experience, not perfect, but worth giving it a try.
Garrel's maturity shines through in this film. After slogging through much of his experimental earlier work, it's great to see him tell an intriguing and engaging story like this. A fascinating story that kind of becomes instantly ironic and very meta. Loved that aspect. Solid performances all around as well. Great cinematography as per usual in a Garrel film. This is a fantastic culmination of his work.
À three deep introspection into drugs behaviours and supply. With film as an excuse for being invited into life in a very nouvelle vague, post deconstructivist style. The film itself actually works because it is well done as a cinematic object. The contents are not amazing, and the ropes are a bit too visible.
Chas is the devil incarnate and vanity and lust are the sins which tempt Francois. Once the twist was revealed (the film will be financed by heroin) the narrative is somewhat predictable especially the ending. The whole drug-taking thing wasn't particularly convincing and almost corny as a device.
Garrel - the mature Garrel - is an artist in possession of a unique set of assets and sensitivities. A certain literary eminence once said "every love story is a ghost story." Indeed. And that is Garrel's subject. No filmmaker has ever come close to Garrel in capturing the physical and spiritual anguish of love married to death. And few living counterculture figures have ever been more utterly that culture's victim.
It is the manner in which Garrel depicts small loses of conviction that allows for an effective ending! An incredible composition that is ultimately deconstructed in reel 5 & 6: a dinner table split between couples, filmmaker and muse and failed artist and heroin addict are a dangerous mirror. An excluded heroin addict removed from an artist's focus soon reverses to an excluded artist removed from a circle of heroin.