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The Man Who Lies (1968)
"L'homme qui ment" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  27 March 1968 (France)
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Jan Robin / Boris Varissa
Ivan Mistrík ...
Jean
Zuzana Kocúriková ...
Laura
Sylvie Turbová ...
Sylvia
Sylvie Bréal ...
Maria
Jozef Cierny ...
Father
Jozef Kroner ...
Franz
Dominique Prado ...
Lisa
Dusan Blaskovic ...
Taverner
Catherine Robbe-Grillet ...
Druggist
Július Vasek ...
Vladimír
Ivan Letko ...
German officer
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way below par
17 October 2008 | by (one step beyond) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie this summer, at a French movies festival centered on the French New Wave. Circumstances allowed me to compare this with another of Robbe-Grillet's films, Trans-Europ Express. While the latter was fairly interesting (as a story set up on-the-spot, with its author, his wife and a friend negotiating what should happen now when Trintignant and the others are already acting), this was pretty much a disaster. A lot of things which worked well in the other ARG movie are hit-and-miss here. There, the fictitious story allowed for a flat, easy read - it's all a trick, there's nothing worth considering. The story of Boris Varissa/Jean Robin, on the other hand, seems to urge the viewer to set up a huge critical apparatus - only to give him back nothing more than a set of more or less unrelated cuts. On a very theoretical plane, The Man Who Lies could be viewed as a very critical essay on the French collaboration during the war and/or on the falsifying effect produced by a memory that wishes to become something else. Varissa could be one of the bad, a traitor, and the movie a sort of dream-like vision of his - maybe a plain nightmare. However, if we dismiss this interpretation - there isn't too much left. As a study in narratology it's too long and boring. As a piece of surrealism, it's unconvincing and irrelevant. I guess what makes this movie less significant than Trans-Europ Express is the fact that while there being artsy-fartsy was actually part of the game, here it's irritating. One note, however: although I find The Man Who Lies to be a trifle less convincing than Trans-Europ Express, it *was* that much more inspiring. Still, Robbe-Grillet's movie-making is boredom-inducing.


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