Gestalt Therapy, Psychodrama. As a formalist, as a through-a-microscope analyst of the molecular emotional life of the organism, Garrel is a scientist but also something like 17th century haiku, though his very mindful direction of actors, interface with actors being the whole deal, is all about completely incongruous emotional truth-worlds, all of them one man's. Is Garrel our truest-bluest auteur of transference?
A perplexing central triad offers unique narrative configurations that are played with gusto. These are unpredictable characters with ugly, slobbering emotions that flare outward giving the film an edge of anxiety and danger. The quietly entrancing black and white photography lulls the viewer into an evocative, dreamy mindspace. Moments are played small and the edits are precise making this a lean, sinewed work.
My favourite of Garrel’s Trilogy. The film presents a greater depth and range of emotional and thematic elements than the other two. It succeeds because of - not despite - the austerity of its images. The professor’s admirable but misguided struggle to practice his philosophy of unselfish love is compelling. It is juxtaposed with the friendship of the two female leads, which while unusual it is very touching.
another wonderful film_i'm a fan of Philippe Garrel_love his daughter Ester and Louise is wonderful too_love the girl talk_can't believe that Louise fell in love with Eric_that doesn't seem real but all in all it's very poetic_twists and turns and love for awhile
Provocative, spare and direct. Garrel seems to present characters not so much as players in a defined narrative - the structure of a story here barely exists - but as people at particular moments in time. The three films shown here are breathtaking, original works. They are both almost stereotypically French, as one commenter put it with a sneer, yet also unique. They are quite remarkable.
Only 76 minutes, but still an ordeal to watch. Not much into overwrought crying jags. Gets old fast. Wish there were some larger issues at stake in this film, as felt claustrophobic. Lesson here is not to have sex with guys in the bathroom that your partner uses to pee. Any place but there, and you're go to go. The dancing scene was nicely filmed, though on the long side.
Beautifully shot; this is the sort of film that b&w can turn into a true work of art. Time wise, this film is taut enough that the characters and the situation are revealed as they are and don't overstay their welcome with our attention span. Louise Garrel is having quite a year---this allows her to demonstrate more of a range than her role in Call Me by Your Name did. A worthwhile find. Thanks MUBI. :)
The struggles and turbulences of a modern day relationship as seen through the 35mm lens of a New Wave auteur. Infidelity, jealousy, unspoken truths - themes so strongly vivid within all of Garrel's world - are reworked towards a more articulated and engaged reflection on what human feelings truly entail. DoP Berta's black & white photography, crisp and atmospheric at the same time, acts like an added character.