Paris by night. Alex, 22, wants to become a filmmaker. He is fascinated by first times and his girlfriend, Florence, has just left him for his best friend, Thomas. First break-up, first ...
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Mehdi Belhaj Kacem,
Paris by night. Alex, 22, wants to become a filmmaker. He is fascinated by first times and his girlfriend, Florence, has just left him for his best friend, Thomas. First break-up, first attempted murder: Alex tries to strangle Thomas, but gives up and wanders the streets. That evening, Mireille, a girl from provincial France who has come up to Paris to make commercials, is left by her boyfriend. Alex witnesses this separation. These two tormented souls run into each other at a party....
The great things Carax does is let his characters dance in the fashion of the most organic of cinema or "Band a part", which relates to his great ability to create moments of someone(in/out of the movie)experiencing exuberance and ecstasy(through movement, sound, image). His casting choices are close to inspired and his writing is always in wild impulses to express the frets and agonies of love, whereas his characters can be hyperactively on the chase for love or perversely wounded, letting us do the guessing whether the character will live on hope or not. There are so many memorable images in the film, the boy's minimalist apartment, him walking with the Bowie song,the girl's conceptual loungy flat, the neo-Marienbaud inspired party scene, and Alex walking into the coffee shop where Asian businessmen were playing the pin ball machine. Also, the structure of the film is amusing, ponderous though, but recalls A bout de souffle's way of telling a story, but we could tell Carax is doing it his own way. The characteristic of the boy liking to drink milk is an eccentricity I've seen before in other movies like Leon. The ending wasn't entirely engaging, but someone could vaguely tell it was necessary for a suprise to be in store for the end, although the pacing was a bit dreary to wait for it, overall the story wasn't exactly satisfying or engaging enough, but nonetheless crafted beautifully with moments to call its own.
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