Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
Original title: Les Herbes Folles
France/Italy, 2009. F Comme Film, StudioCanal, France 2 Cinema, BIM Distribuzione, Canal+, TPS Star, Eurimages, Cinémage 3, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Region Ile-de-France. Screenplay by Alain Resnais, Laurent Herbiet, based on the novel L’Incident by Christian Gailly. Cinematography by Eric Gautier. Produced by Jean-Louis Livi. Music by Mark Snow. Production Design by Jacques Saulnier. Costume Design by Jackie Budin. Film Editing by Herve de Luze. Cannes Film Festival 2009. Toronto International Film Festival 2009.
It has been fifty years since his astonishing feature debut Hiroshima, Mon Amour and filmmaker Alain Resnais has lost neither his provocatively radical style nor his astonishing elegance. A woman’s purse is stolen while shoe shopping, and a man finds her wallet abandoned in a parking garage; he suddenly becomes obsessed with getting to know her (despite already being married with children) and she feels harassed until she eventually she develops a passion for him as well. That is essentially the plot, but Resnais’s tonal style, artistic editing and the flourishes of passionate expressionism make it so much more than just a romance. The rich colours and clear-eyed, optimistic yet mature and wistful take on love and affection make for a very positive look into the life of this near-ninety year-old filmmaker and the culmination (though I hope not) of a full and celebrated career.