Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
United Kingdom/France/Belgium, 1995. FIT Productions, Portman Productions, Société Française de Production, K2 SA, Capitol Films, Eurimages, European Co-production Fund, Canal+, StudioCanal. Screenplay by Christopher Hampton. Cinematography by Giorgos Arvanitis. Produced by Jean-Pierre Ramsay-Levi. Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Production Design by Dan Weil. Costume Design by Pierre-Yves Gayraud. Film Editing by Isabelle Lorente.
The love affair between French poets Rimbaud and Verlaine (David Thewlis, Leonardo DiCaprio) is examined in this terrible film by Agnieszka Holland. The two love each other deeply, but a jealous wife (Romane Bohringer) and local authorities get in the way of their bliss. Holland’s film is exquisite in tone and mood, but shares so little of both these geniuses’ works that the film is completely ineffective as a study in both the relationships these two had with each other as well their relationship with their art. A lack of depth to any of it makes it one of the most boring films that this wonderful filmmaker has ever made.
Toronto International Film Festival: 1995