A teacher of philosophy discovers a complicated pupil, a seventeen year old girl with a quite cynic and lucid view of the world. He gets involved in helping her to follow the routine of the study, but soon he is fascinated by her and they fall in a passionate love.
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Brisseau's script and direction rises above adequate performances of the leads in reenacting and age-old tale of the older male teacher seducing a female student possessed of extraordinary intelligence along with a measure of physical beauty, and youth. Brisseau draws on philosophy and French film norms to craft a male--centric morality tale.
Another Brisseau personal fantasy; here elevated by interesting theoretical discussions on human behaviour, nature and the cosmos. The standard "teacher seduced by student" wish-fulfilment is very French and not so interesting, but the vague (if undeveloped) hints at the metaphysical (if not actually "supernatural") push the interpretation of the characters' relationship into a more exciting and provocative sphere.
"Sometimes when you're marking essays you come across a brilliant passage, so you forget the essay's weakness and give an excellent grade." Me encanto esa linea y que el la uso para describir a Mathilde. But towards the end it got a little '90s soap opera-ish.
Brisseau's films are profoundly creepy, with their naked young women throwing themselves at clothed middle-aged men who strangely resemble Brisseau... Unlike his later films, this one, with its romantic lighting and schlocky score, attempts to hide its basis in male fantasies of the most louche kind. But only barely.
Objections aside, Brisseau is an audacious and unusual aesthete. A Brutal Game, Sound & Fury and White Wedding all more or less probe similar themes of excess, passion, mystery, and social habitus, with a pleasantly calculated cinematography.
Couldn't watch beyond 30 minutes. The narratives has too many loopholes and it is trying to sound 'impressive' by referring to some high school philosophy. The film is well made, but the plot is just too thin to go with the kind of transgression that the film is trying to explore.