Jean Genet wrote the script for this delectably depraved tale about a sadomasochistic schoolmistress (Jeanne Moreau) in a provincial French town who meets her match in a lustful, itinerant Italian labourer.
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The things you do for love, that is if you happen to be an angel of CHAOS. I was just glad there was no slut shaming. "I know I got nothin' on you \ I know there's nothing to do \ When times go bad \ And you can't get enough \ Won't you lay me down in the tall grass \
And let me do my stuff"
Through the lens of French wave you can see what at the very end is a nasty tale from a 50s sex flick from the US. But wait, the director is English, and indeed I'm very confused. Confused, but happy I've seen such an amazing, intense piece of art.
An gorgeously shot unsettling pastoral landscape drama that riffs on the amorality that flows in our sexual impulses! Jesus, Jeanne Moreau is a bad bitch! And yet, I couldn't help feel empathy for her sexual repression. Actually, for any character living that village. Not an easy movie to stomach but it does contain some of the most starling images I have ever seen! Definitely a new favorite!
A new film has crept into my top 20 list of favorite films of all time. How it looks, the way its acted (I went to sleep mumbling Jeanne Moreau is the best actress of all time), the way the story develops, the characters depicted, the doomed dynamics between man and woman and how conversations are kept to a bare minimum. Even more so: the things said are ALWAYS half-truths, wishes, projections or lies.
Alright, so I loved this film. Some impressive visuals, including one truly amazing scene (the shadow scene, for those who know). My only problem was with the absolutely disgusting amount of animal cruelty. Tony Richardson must've been a man with no regard for other creatures. Other than that, thumbs up
A phenomenal level of craft in the cinematography and blocking of this film. The camera never moves. Instead, characters move in and out of Richardson's 2:35 aspect frame, in which he explores the boundaries with thrilling virtuosity, often placing characters right on the edges.
The story doesn't quite add up, but there were enough inexplicable moments to keep me hooked
I saw this many years ago and loved it. Not all the sadistic stuff but the independence of Jeanne Moreau and her own path in life, even if it was not pleasant. I thought about it for a long time trying to find meaning in some of her actions. Bandaids on her breasts? Gloves to hide her prints? Burning down houses? Spending days in the forest making love with a handsome, sexy man, yet turning him in as a rapist? Why?