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A Story of Water (1961)

Une histoire d'eau (original title)
A young woman is going to Paris by bus, but when she steps out of her house she discovers that her garden and the whole village is flooded with water. With a boat and a bike she succeeds to... See full summary »
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A young woman is going to Paris by bus, but when she steps out of her house she discovers that her garden and the whole village is flooded with water. With a boat and a bike she succeeds to reach a dry spot in the village. There a young man in a car offers her a lift. They drive around in circles, trying to find a way out of the area, but all ways are blocked by the water. Concurrently with the ever rising water the emotions within the two young people also start rising. At last they find their way out of the flooded area. When they reach Paris and the young woman looks up at the Eiffel Tower, she knows that she is going to spend the night with this man. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson@bredband.net}

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The quote from Charles Baudelaire, "The wet suns/ of those blurry skies/ to my mind have the same charm/ so mysterious/ as your treacherous eyes/ shining through their tears", is from L'Invitation au Voyage. See more »

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A Story of Water
9 December 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

A Story of Water (1961)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Francois Truffaut directed this story of a woman trying to get to Paris but she's unable to due to the streets being flooded. She eventually catches a ride with a young man and the two begin to get to know one another as they make their way to the Eiffel Tower. The introduction I watched to this film stated that Truffaut directed the majority of the scenes here and then handed the material over to Jean-Luc Godard who edited everything and then added the narration and weird soundtrack. If you're familiar with either filmmaker's work then it's pretty easy to see the two styles going against one another but I'm sure this here is one reason why so many people love this short. As for me, I can't say that I loved it but at the same time I didn't hate it either. I thought the "story" aspect was the most interesting part as we see the two becoming closer as they go on this journey together. The weird music score adds a certain campy nature to the picture and the strange dialogue does the same. There are some interesting touches with the two styles going up against one another but in the end it doesn't make this anything more than mildly entertaining.


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