3 items from 2015
Love’s Connections: Sautet’s Frustrating, Savvy Love Story
Out of the many representations of cinematic emotional complexities French filmmakers master over most is the messy actuality of that thing called love. Director Claude Sautet went on to make Cesar and Rosalie in 1972, his third consecutive film with star Romy Schneider (they would work on five films together, all told) and also his first union with frequent collaborator Yves Montand. An attempt to portray the complicated elusiveness of loving the one you’re with, at its core the film is about a love triangle, with a beautiful woman as the ever shifting apex. Its title is actually misleading, and could easily have been called Rosalie.
Rosalie (Schneider) is currently dating Cesar (Montand), a wealthy scrap metal dealer with significant business connections. As they get ready to attend a wedding, we get the sense he loves her more than she does him, »
- Nicholas Bell
Fans of Valerie Donzelli’s of-the-moment Gallic boho spirit may be surprised by “Marguerite & Julien,” her experiment with semi-historical incest, but as the actress-helmer herself admits, she goes for love stories driven by passion over reason. Something certainly overcame her reason, as the film is a painfully silly, laughably naive Romance with a capital “R,” loosely based on the experience of a brother and sister executed in 1603 — and, probably more tangentially, an unrealized script Jean Gruault wrote for Truffaut in 1973. Awash in cheesy directorial embellishments and lacking any reason why audiences should care about these two “rebels,” the drama nabbed a Cannes competition berth but is unlikely to see much biz outside French borders.
Donzelli isn’t interested in verisimilitude, and the production deliberately blends historical periods in art direction, costume design and music (and oh, there’s lots of music). The most interesting element is the way the script, »
- Jay Weissberg
Marguerite et Julien
Director: Valerie Donzelli // Writers: Valerie Donzelli, Jeremie Elkaim
Director and actress Valerie Donzelli has fostered a considerable career as a director over the past several years, starting the her utterly charming 2009 debut The Queen of Hearts. Often working with her partner, actor Jeremie Elkaim, their most notable collaboration was 2011’s Declaration of War, a highly autobiographical film that played in Critics’ Week and was France’s candidate for Best Foreign Language film in 2012. Donzelli’s third film, Hand in Hand took home Best Actor at the Rome Film Festival in 2012 but never received Us distribution. 2015 will be a big year for her, however, starring in two films (one of which is the new Joachim Lafosse title), and directing Marguerite et Julien, based on a 1971 script that Francois Truffaut almost made. Starring Elkaim and a scintillating cast headlined by quickly rising star Anais Demoustier, plus legend Geraldine Chaplin, »
- Nicholas Bell
3 items from 2015
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