Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5. France/Italy/Switzerland, 1999. Classic, Les Films Alain Sarde, Vega Film, Why Not Productions. Script by Philippe Garrel, Dialogue by Philippe Garrel, Arlette Langmann, Marc Cholodenko, Xavier Beauvois. Cinematography by Caroline Champetier. Produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Alain Sarde. Music by John Cale. Production Design by Mathieu Menut. Costume Design by Elisabeth Tavernier. Film Editing by Francoise Collin.
It’s possible that there’s a level of realism to Philippe Garrel’s films that some audiences appreciate, but I just can’t seem to find the element that makes them work. This dreadful film is a classic example, a strong setup that gives way to empty situations and unmotivated scenes. Catherine Deneuve plays a nervous bourgeois wife who is having an affair with a much younger man (Xavier Beauvois). He has recently become friends with an older gentleman (Daniel Duval) who once took part in the uprisings of 1968 in Paris, and still considers himself a revolutionary with work to be done. Beauvois is fascinated to know more about Deneuve’s experiences and memories while she, herself a survivor of that era, becomes increasingly disenchanted with her lover and more sympathetic with Duval. The loss of connection between generations seems to be the aim of this film, but it accomplishes nothing as it is an under lit, under directed, mind-numbing experience with no inspiration or charisma.