Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.
Original title: Les Amants Reguliers
France, 2005. Maïa Films, Arte France Cinema, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Centre National De La Cinematographie. Scenario and dialogue by Philippe Garrel, scenario collaborators Arlette Langmann, Marc Cholodenko. Cinematography by William Lubtchansky. Produced by Gilles Sandoz. Music by Jean-Claude Vannier. Production Design by Nikos Meletopoulos, Mathieu Menut. Costume Design by Cecile Berges, Justine Pearce. Film Editing by Francoise Collin, Philippe Garrel. Toronto International Film Festival 2005. Venice Film Festival 2005.
A group of young Parisians take part in the student riots of May 1968, then wander from place to place, evening to evening, spouting barely intelligible dialogue and doing lots of drugs. Philippe Garrel has absolutely no focus, inspiration or purpose in his nonsensically directed film, which shows his off his son, star Louis Garrel, very well, but infuriates his audience with endless scenes that say nothing about the characters or the time period it takes place in. Somehow this film managed to win the Best Director prize at the Venice Film Festival, something odd considering it never manages to convince you that it even has one. The prize for photography it received, however, was definitely well deserved: the crisp, high-contrast black and white cinematography is just about the only thing commendable about the thing, but one need not endure its three endless hours to appreciate it.