In this adaptation of Wuthering Heights set in the south of France in the 1930s, Guillaume wars with his sister Catherine over her affections for their farmhand Roch, of whom he is jealous. A romantic choice, destined for tragic results.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Rivette captures Emily Bronte's demented nursery of wise servants and foolish masters perfectly, because it turns out that her characters were really Rivette people all along: private, sad, feeling like they're going crazy, feeling set up and unready for life, behaving badly now and then but only to feel free, and always paying for it. This is a masterpiece.
Quel jeu et quelle direction d'acteurs ... comme Kazan ... les personnages se cherchent et s'affrontent dans un huis clos particulièrement dur ... et quelque peu trop théatral en 2ème partie. Great acting and direction of actors ... as with Kazan characters seek and compete in a particularly hard way behind closed doors ... and somewhat too theatrical in part 2.
There is always a coldness (a byproduct of precision?) that accompanies Rivette's stagy staging of novels. And he is usually dealing in hotblooded content. The idea of a pristine surface covering a tumultuous seething chaos speaks to me, and Rivette does it very well. (Imagine Andrzej Żuławski's version of Wuthering Heights, w/ people throwing one another off walls etc.) Unfortunately Fabienne Babe is pretty awful.
It's obvious that Rivette has absolute control and conscience over everything in this film: but for me most of it is wrong. A story so full of passion, romanticism and supernatural ressonance cannot be treated with such realistic and inexpressive forms. Rivette reduces everything to the clash and movement of bodies within the frame, but most times a close-up would contain all the passion required. A matter of choice.
La prémisse, c' est que j'aime Rivette. Je pourrais donc pécher par impartialité. Le décor aussi théâtral que le jeu des acteus, l'usage de la lumière, et mêmes les couleurs de la photographie – ils sont vraiment intrigants à mes yeux, profondément français. J'ai toutefois eu du mal à endurer la tragédie – oubien, disons l'excès dramatique de la deuxième partie, en plus, Cathérine est franchement intolérable!
Though beautifully shot, this adaptation just doesn't work for me. Though Fabienne Babe is fascinating to look at as Catherine, it is Sandra Montaigu as Helene who gives the masterful performance (as well as playing the only likable character).
"inquadrature esemplari e una gestualità quasi teatrale" sono la parte migliore del film assieme al coro di voci bulgare nelle (rare) musiche; questa trasposizione non mi ha soddisfatto, troppo cerebrale.