Beatrice is a very reserved and quiet young woman. Her friend Marylene is left by her lover and brings her to Cabourg (Normandy) for a few days' vacation. There, Beatrice, an apprentice ... See full summary »
After the death of his mother, middle-aged insurance employee inherits her small cottage surrounded by a garden. Selling the cottage which is situated on unexploited ground near the center ... See full summary »
Computer operator Faber works on securing computers for big companies and banks. His private life is rather dull until he meets a strange women, Juliet and falls in love. Her friend ... See full summary »
A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship "a floating factory of crazy people." He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, ... See full summary »
After returning from a business trip in Finland, Bruno (Bruno Ganz) find that his wife Marianne (Edith Clever) wants her husband to leave her alone with their son. A struggle with loneliness and adapting to the new situation ensues.
Jakob is an obsessive inventor who lives in a Swiss village. He receives unconditional support from his friend Otti, but that is about all; the other villagers do not tolerate Jakob's ... See full summary »
Nicole is a Parisian streetwalker and Dede is her racketeer boyfriend, on the outs with his mob bosses because of a dispute over Nicole. When a police informant ("balance") is murdered, the... See full summary »
In a mountainside village, where the sun never shines in winter, the old prophet Anzevui announces that, in this year 1937, war will break out and the sun will never shine again. The ... See full summary »
Claude Goretta has made many films (mostly for TV) but I've seen only three, and liked only one: L'Invitation, a witty and stylish look at Swiss bourgeois values. His heavy-handed left-wing politics are very stale now; La provinciale is of interest only to film historians and fans of Nathalie Baye who would like to see her youthful work. The story is very weak and episodic, disjointed scenes are set up to chart the downward course of a young woman who leaves her native Lorraine to look for work in Paris. Bruno Ganz is the love interest; bearded and ardent, he provides some energy. Angela Winkler holds down two jobs: actress and prostitute. She's not good at one and we can only guess how she can support herself at the other; Goretta is unwilling to show us her work in the sack.
There is more of the TV soap than the feature film in this work. I watched Nathalie Baye with great enjoyment as she went through her paces--the cross-country run at the château was very well done, her scorn came through very well,as did the love of her homeland and the choral singing she did there.
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