Is it presumptuous to think Gonzalez could be my ('our', if you're with me) Derek Jarman? If I could put my hand on a movie player and call up a film based on my dreams & life & values, mightn't it look like this (but with better sound design)? Enchanting; delightfully, gloriously queer. Theatrical, lyrical, silly & profound. With, as in Land of my Dreams, a remarkably distinct, if pastiched, directorial vision.
"His life lies on your desire now". Theatrical and poetic, this orgy film represents to me a very-very-french-cinema - it's as sexy as it is blasé. Beautiful photography work on this tale of desire and love. I'm really fond of Gonzale's aesthetics and oniric screen presence. As the stud would say: "It doesn't matter if it's true, it's their story". Empty hearts salvation and pure poetic magnetism.
It started boring, but interesting enough. But it got more and more involving, but not exactly great. I love Yann Gonzalez aesthetic and super theatrical acting (lots and lots and lots of half empty mologues) and, aside from some dull moments, he really makes it work. Not for everyone and then some, but I quite enjoyed it.
Although I expected to find it irritating (the Cocteau like staginess, the hushed whispering, the Ruizian games except without his Modern unsentimentality, the commonplaces of sex & death & the very au courant prosodizing about the (death of the) cinema), I was very moved by it in the end (the actors' conviction, the director's commitment to his own odd vision, the haunting depiction of need & human incompleteness).
A bit all over the place... but that's also what makes it so fresh and alive. The visuals and spectacular soundtrack by M83 elevates this to an whole other level. All characters are quirky and compelling, but Nicolas Maury as the housemaid/gipsy completely steals the show. A promising start for Yann Gonzalez!