The Bakery Girl of Monceau | Rohmer | 1963
One represented truth, and the other a mistake
Oh my. I blind bought the Moral Tales box set during the last B&N sale mostly thanks to trip, fisticuffs and my friend Sean - all pushing me to watch more Rohmer and I wanted to start 2013 off by opening the same. Turned out to be such a good decision because this is just such a perfect little film. It's bittersweet tone encapsulates exactly what I crave from films. In <30 minutes, Rohmer captures all our little caprices and game-playing and silliness when it comes to relationships. The gliding camera, the voiceover that plunges us into the film, the way Rohmer plays with sound.. there's so much to love here.
Laurence Anyways | Dolan | 2012
My first ever Dolan and I went into it with much trepidation. His style seemed so self-indulgent and overstuffed to me and the whole thing seemed like just the sort of thing I'm likely to hate and get angry over. But then this morning I realized it had Melvil Poupaud in it and that changed the equation a fair bit.
So, Yes. The film is extremely fussy and self-conscious and plays like a music video but both the writing of the central relationship as well as Poupaud and Clement's performances give it genuine heart. I didn't care for a bunch of the digressions - the drag queens, the crazy ball sequence (although they are both delicious to look at even if in a purely vapid way) and the stuff with the father and so on was just weird. But the film's eschewing of the whole "Love will keep us alive" motto while still being achingly romantic and its portrayal of how relationships can stand in conflict with one's own personal growth/goals is enough to make me endorse the film. Also, Poupaud is the most gorgeous man in the world <3