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God Only Knows (1994)

Dieu sait quoi (original title)
Tribute to the poet Francis Ponge whom Jean-Daniel Pollet considers as "natural".

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Jean-Daniel Pollet

Writers:

Jean-Daniel Pollet, Francis Ponge (inspiration)
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Michael Lonsdale ... Récitant / Narrator
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Tribute to the poet Francis Ponge whom Jean-Daniel Pollet considers as "natural".

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Jean-Daniel Pollet films humble, everyday, everyday objects, pots, pebbles, the interior of a house in the south of France with a picture of the poet Francis Ponge on a wall. There is also a video monitor where excerpts from former films of the author, including those he shot in Greece, pass. See more »

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This fascinating and poetic film will be above the heads of many, but it will astound those who have an appreciation for such things

This beautiful film belongs to my favorite category in cinema, which it to say, it is unclassifiable. To put it simply, this is one of those rare films that dares to break the rules. It is outside of the box.

If you haven't seen it, perhaps the closest thing I can compare it to would be Chris Marker's Sans Soleil. If you remember that film, you know that a lot of people just didn't get it or didn't have the patience to try to allow themselves to enjoy it. But for those who did have an eye for it, it was a wonderful experience that we rarely get in cinema.

Of course, this is not that film. I only used that for comparison to help tell a little about it. But Chris Marker made films like only Chris Marker could make, and this one, by Jean-Daniel Pollet, is one like only Pollet could make.

It's so simple yet so complex. And it's ingenious in that way. And yes, it is good because it is so rare. Perhaps there are a few filmmakers out there trying to make films like this, and the ones who do it well make it look easy. A shot of some pottery here, a table there. But that's just what's on the surface.

Those who have an eye for it, and a brain for it, will see what's really there. And a talented filmmaker will be able to show what is really there. And that is the case with this film.


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France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 January 1997 (France) See more »

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