Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Les Amants réguliers

Regular Lovers. FR (c) 2004 Maïa Films / ARTE France. D: Philippe Garrel. SC: Philippe Garrel, Arlette Langmann, Marc Chodolenko. DP: William Lubtchansky - b&w - Academy 1:1,37. M: Jean-Claude Vannier. Starring Louis Garrel (Francois, poet), Clotilde Hesme (Lilie, sculptress), Eric Rulliat (Jean-Christophe). 182 min. A Films Distribution print with English subtitles viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki, 30 September 2008. - A fine print of a film with stark b&2 cinematography in high contrast. - A poetic meditation on the experience of May 1968 in Paris. Reflected also in visions of the revolutions of 1789 and 1848. - Garrel has stated that his film is not about the year 1968 but a generation. Like a novel by Stendhal, he moves through history and returns to the private. The second part of the film is about the return of art. Even opium is a literary device, which evokes the dreams of 1968, a return to Romantic literature or even Cocteau. - I watched the first 30 minutes and the last 15 minutes. The beginning is about the street fights at night, depicted as an anti-action movie. The ending is about the death of the poet of an opium overdose.

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