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Les horizons morts (1951)

Jacques Demy's debut dramatic short about a young man suffering from a broken heart.

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Jacques Demy's debut dramatic short about a young man suffering from a broken heart.

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Rather difficult to rate considering what it is....
29 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is Jacques Demy's first film--one he did when he was first learning his craft. Because of that, it's very crudely made and I really don't want to rate it since it's more like a student film than anything else. The credits are VERY crudely done, Demy himself plays the lead and the story is a bit self-involved and pretentious.

Demy plays a young man whose heart has been broken and he spends the entire film mooning about and looking constipated. He also thinks a lot about his love and everything seems to remind him. Finally, in a cowardly moment, he considers suicide. Sadly, he doesn't follow through with it--it would have made the film more interesting.

Aside from a few nice camera shots, this is ONLY for someone who is a huge Demy-phile. I love his film, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"-- it's my favorite French film. But I had a hard time enjoying this short.


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