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Alain Resnais’ You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet bears the director’s typical rumination on memory and loss, touching the themes on his cerebral earlier offerings like Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad, or his latest, Wild Grass. In his latest work, several famous French actors gather at the home of a deceased playwright who penned a play that they all starred in at one time or another. As they watch a recent filmed version of the play, they end up getting sucked back into the their former roles. Even though the film is brimming with French talent and with Resnais’ legacy of filmmaking, it never quite adds up to a satisfying whole. The film is perhaps too self-aware and never quite makes it past the surface. The film’s plot is rather simple. Esteemed French actors Mathieu Almaric, Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azéma, Jean-Noël Brouté, Anne Consigny, Anne Duperey, Hippolyte Girardot »
- Caitlin Hughes
Several famous actors, including Michel Piccoli, Pierre Arditi, Lambert Wilson, and Mathieu Amalric, receive the same phone call informing them that Antoine d'Anthac, a prominent playwright who would frequently cast all of them, has passed away. Summoned to the late man's estate by his well-mannered butler, they arrive to see Antoine's videotaped last will and testament: speaking from the screen, the deceased asks his lifelong friends to evaluate a contemporary take on his play, Eurydice, adapted by a much younger company. As the projection begins, the spectators involuntarily repeat the familiar dialogue, as if it were lifted out of their shared favorite movie; so the performance begins on its own and the spacious living room suddenly turns into a small-town railway café. Orpheus starts his soft fiddle-scraping. He is about to meet Eurydice.
"The playwright's duty," Jean Anouilh, French dramatist, once wrote, "is to produce plays on a regular basis. »
Liberated into the unexplored wilderness of the outside world–genre-bending, free-wheeling—with Wild Grass, Alain Resnais now turns inward, back to the studio, back to adapting theater, back to pleating life onto itself to resemble memories and the cinema. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet sees a cast of the directors' regulars “playing themselves” and being mysteriously called to the mansion of a deceased playwright, their longtime collaborator. They are asked to evaluate a recorded rehearsal performance of a new edition of a classic play by the deceased, “Eurydice” (in fact a combination of two real plays by Jean Anouilh), and as they watch young French actors taking on the roles they once played, the older generation begins wistfully recalling lines, then, growing more enamored by the memories and the material, become entranced by the recitation, take it over, and begin to perform the play themselves.
Some characters are played by multiple actors—the romantic leads, »
Prior to the fest announcing the line-up, there was talk that the 90 year-old Alain Resnais’ latest would be receiving an April domestic release in France spoiling its chances for a festival showing, but the moment the switch was made, fans of one of the grandfathers of French cinema were pretty much certain that they’d have a solid chance at seeing one of their critical faves (as was the case with Les Herbes Folles – Wild Grass) deliver one more noteworthy item. It appears that this might be the case once again. Starring Sabine Azéma, Pierre Arditi, Lambert Wilson and Anne Consigny, Vous n’avez encore rien vu tells a tale from beyond the grave, celebrated playwright Antoine d’Anthac gathers together all his friends who have appeared over the years in his play “Eurydice”. These actors watch a recording of the work performed by a young acting company, La Compagnie de la Colombe. »
- Eric Lavallee
The director: Alain Resnais (French, 89 years old) The talent: No latter-day Resnais film comes without an ensemble of familiar French faces, with a number of regulars now forming the director's own repertory company of sorts. Mathieu Amalric, Lambert Wilson, Sabine Azema, Anne Consigny and Pierre Arditi have all worked with Resnais before, many of them in his last feature "Wild Grass." A more delayed reunion is with French veteran Michel Piccoli (acclaimed at last year's fest for "We Have a Pope"), whose last outing with the director was 1966's "La guerre est finie." New to Resnais's stable (I think, though »
- Guy Lodge
Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley (back), On the Road Woody Allen/Abbas Kiarostami/Robert Pattinson/Kylie Minogue: Cannes 2012 Possibilities Pt.1 Below are a few more strong Cannes 2012 possibilities: Alain Resnais' Vous n'avez encore rien vu / You've Seen Nothing Yet. The veteran Resnais — who turns 90 next June — completed his version of Jean Anouilh's Eurydice last April. The film's all-star cast includes Mathieu Amalric, Lambert Wilson (as Orpheus), Michel Piccoli, Anne Consigny (as Eurydice), Sabine Azéma (also as Eurydice), Hippolyte Girardot, Michel Robin, Pierre Arditi (also as Orpheus), Denis Podalydès, and Anny Duperey. Terrence Malick's The Funeral (possibly a provisory title), supposedly about an American man whose marriage to an European woman flounders. He then begins a relationship with a woman from his own hometown. Malick's drama features Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Michael Sheen, Olga Kurylenko, Amanda Peet, and Barry Pepper. »
- Andre Soares
6 items from 2012
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