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Présentation ou Charlotte et son steak (1960)

Two young people, Walter and Charlotte, are walking through a small village in Switzerland a snowy winter day. Walter introduces Charlotte to Clara, hoping to make Charlotte jealous. After ... See full summary »

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Two young people, Walter and Charlotte, are walking through a small village in Switzerland a snowy winter day. Walter introduces Charlotte to Clara, hoping to make Charlotte jealous. After saying good-bye to Clara, Walter accompanies Charlotte into her house, although she doesn't want him to. Charlotte is hungry and cooks a steak. She asks Walter if he wants a piece of it. He says no, but she gives him a small piece anyway. He wants a kiss, and she says no. She starts to compare herself with Clara, who Walter agrees is more beautiful. In spite of this, Walter says he likes Charlotte much more, but she thinks he is lying. She notices that he is cold and shivering. She hugs him, he kisses her, and she starts kissing him. After leaving the house he accompanies her to the train. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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See Jean-Luc Godard act...if you're into that sort of thing.
21 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

For fans of the French New Wave, this is a must-see film as you actually get to see a young Jean-Luc Godard acting! Unfortunately, it's only a 12 minute long film, however, so don't get your hopes set too high.

This is one of director Eric Rohmer's first films--a short that appears more like an experiment than a commercial product. And, as a New Wave film, it's allowed to defy typical conventions (like a plot). When the film begins, the narrator (Godard) explains what is happening and what has happened--as if he's explaining what had occurred on the first reel (as if it was lost). It's odd...but again, it's New Wave.

Much of the film consists of Godard and a lady standing around her apartment. She cooks for him, he wants to kiss and she just sits down to eat. Exciting stuff, huh? Well, no...it's not--it's exceptionally talky and dull. But it did help Rohmer and Godard to perfect their craft, so it's a film that their fans would adore--despite being very low energy. As I am not a huge fan of either, however, I found it all pretty mundane--like watching a student film would normally be or like watching paint dry.

As this is an experimental and non-commercial film, I am declining to give this one a numerical rating.


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