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Brève traversée (2001)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 April 2002 (USA)
A young French man and an older English woman spend one night together on a ship.

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Sarah Pratt ... Alice
Gilles Guillain ... Thomas
Marc Filipi ... Magicien
Laëtitia Lopez ... Assistante magicien
Marc Jablonski ... Cuisinier du self
Christelle Dacosta ... Douanier Français
Nicholas Hawtrey ... Vieil anglais
Franck Lemaitre ... Serveur de la boite
Philippe Quaisse ... Photographe
Jean-Claude Cavelier ... Serveur de la boite
Alexandre Le Balidec ... Douanier Français
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Desire for a subject that functions like a brief fling with no future as such, yet embellished by that very fact. Because something fleeting and futureless is not necessarrily pathetic or trivial. A brief crossing, perhaps an initiatory trip. Filming a guy's "first time", filming him like a girl. Gut level skin deep... Nostalgia for vast ocean liners, for places "beyond the law" where you can venture outside of life, safe within an interlude. Describing a passion while respecting classical tragedy's unity of time and place, setting the stage for the eternal play of Masculine/Feminine. A hot-blooded Latin temperatment versus an apparently cool English one. A ship - one night - Sudden intimacy between an Englishwoman whose complexion is frosted by bitterness and a teenager whose gaze glows like ardent coals. Written by Catherine Breillat

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Alice: With you lot, it's all or nothing. You either wake up triumphantly, or you go back to sleep instantly. It's bestial.
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A Crossing from Innocence to Awareness
3 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

After watching "Romance" and "The Anatomy of Hell", I felt like I had reason enough to believe, Catherine Breillat prioritizes sex and depressing visuals so much, the subtle things she tries to prove take backseat. But after watching Brief Crossing, my conception underwent a drastic polarity shift.

Thomas is a 16 year old seemingly typical French boy. Alice is probably British, and is around 30. Looks like she had a lot of dimensions to her that she lost from a years long slow heartbreak. Thomas thinks the usual social institutions like boyfriend-girlfriend relationships can't inhibit the French from satisfying their carnal needs any longer. Seems like he does not readily realize the gravity of what he says.

Sometimes, when a child is born in a battlefield and brought up in the neighbourhood, he looks at wars with the eyes of an innocent. He sees deaths, but does not realize what it is that seems so obvious like the sun and the moon. One day, a bullet hits him and the next moment, he is not innocent any more. Brief crossing is one such crossing. Crossing from sight to comprehension. Crossing from ideas of pain to pain itself. Crossing from Innocence to Awareness.

Brief Crossing, like a few others of its kind like "The Man from Earth" or "Broken English", depends solely on a few people's expressions. Not even an extra penny has been spent on refining anything that is not totally essential to help the movie reach its end. Of course it's not for everyone to watch. But those who like it once, will not forget it ere long.

Not recommended for general viewers or cinegoers. Highly recommended for "those" few.


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