Night Wind (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  

Original title:  Le Vent De La Nuit

France/Italy/Switzerland, 1999.  , , , .  Script by Philippe Garrel, Dialogue by Philippe Garrel, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.  plays a nervous bourgeois wife who is having an affair with a much younger man ().  He has recently become friends with an older gentleman () 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.

Venice Film Festival:  In Competition

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