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4.1
44 Ratings

Little Lise

La petite Lise

Directed by Jean Grémillon
France, 1930
Drama

Synopsis

The story of La Petite Lise belongs to the sandbox of melodrama, but Grémillon grinds it into expressionistic minimalism.

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Little Lise Directed by Jean Grémillon

Critics reviews

Virtually every innovative, sophisticated use of sound is sampled here, despite the limitations of early recording technology. Again and again, Grémillon demonstrates how sound enables a kind of obliquity and ambivalence that silent films, for all their subtlety and expressiveness, can scarcely provide.
November 18, 2014
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The inky despair at the heart of film noir flows freely in prewar French working-class dramas, and this one, from 1930, directed by Jean Grémillon, adds a raw and thrashing physicality to its implacably bitter moods.
April 30, 2014
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Like Denis Lavant and Mireille Perrier, Julien Bertheau and Nadia Sibirskaïa go deep into the night on a long walk, also filmed “from behind.” A stroke of light on their clothes transforms them into romantic fireflies—all the way into a fade to charcoal black, which Carax would also borrow from the twilight of silent film to swallow up the fate of his lovers on the bridge.
October 01, 2012
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